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  • The JASE offices are closed today in celebration of Independence Day. We are proud to be citizens of this great nation and we hope that you take a moment to reflect on what our independence means to you.

    We will be back to the grind Monday, but we hope everyone has a great 4th of July with family and friends. Safe travels for all of you hitting the road this weekend and be careful out there everyone. Please don’t drink and drive.

    Have an awesome 4th of July!

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  • Happy 4th of July, friends.  Our team is enjoying our country’s Independence Day celebrations with our families today–we hope you are too.  Have fun and please be safe.

    Independence Day

    More information on the United States Independence Day from Wikipedia:

    Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom). Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

    During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain.[4][5] After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

    The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

    Adams’s prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.

    Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.

    In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on this memorable day. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only President to have been born on Independence Day.

  • American Flag with Bald Eagle

    We live in a wonderful country and enjoy freedoms that others in the world only dream of.  Today we party.  Today we cook on the grill.  Today we celebrate with fireworks.  Let’s enjoy this 237th birthday of the declaration of our freedom.  And let’s toast our past leaders for having the imagination to draft our freedom statement.

    Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell said in an Independence Day press release, “It was a Virginian, Richard Henry Lee, who 237 years ago brought forth a resolution stating ‘Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.’ That resolution led to the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, by Virginia’s second governor, Thomas Jefferson. The Declaration, adopted on July 4, 1776, marks the birth of American freedom, and the timeless principles that continue to govern this great nation: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    Happy birthday, America! Here’s to 237 more . . .

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  • 4th of July comes every year and with it comes parties, friends, cookouts, beaches,pools, and fireworks. But every year we stop and take a moment to reflect on Independence Day, the day we declared our right to freedom, and how we are blessed to wake up everyday in a country free of oppression. We encourage you today, wherever you are, whatever your are doing, to stop and take a minute to reflect on the sacrifice that has been laid down for our freedom.

    Thank you to all the military men and women who serve and have served to protect this great nation and give us hope. We know there isn’t a better place we would want to call home than the United States of America.

    JASE wants to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day. Enjoy the time with your family and friends, whatever your plans maybe. Also, please remember to be safe and be responsible.

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  • The JASE Group office will be closed July 2-6 for summer vacation. We will reopen Monday, July 9th.

    Make sure to check out the Independence Day fireworks, Wednesday July 4th, at Mount Trashmore Park starting at 9:30pm.

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  • 4th of July swimming pool
    Carrollton, VA
    Thanks, Jennifer!

    4th of July swimming pool

  • Have A Happy 4th From JASE Digital Media

    As you travel around this 4th of July weekend, we here at JASE Digital Media wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy 4th of July!

    Summer is here, activities are in full swing, and everyone looks forward to the beach, the pool, cookouts, family, and fireworks. All of these great traditions have the American spirit woven all throughout them and it makes us proud to be a part of this great nation!

    We also want to take a second and thank all who fight and have fought to protect this great country and our freedom. It is here, in this US of A, that we get to be free of tyranny, to practice and do as we want, to own a business and work for ourselves.

    It is truly the American dream to work and make something of nothing. We live that sentiment daily here at JASE and we could not be more thankful for the opportunities our freedom provides us.

    Happy 4th!

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