NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 1357
A JOINT RESOLUTION MEMORIALIZING CONGRESS TO COMMEMORATE THE FOURTH OF JULY BY PASSING HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 282.
Whereas, the North Carolina General Assembly on May 16, 1783, passed a resolution commemorating the Fourth of July, and was the first State to do so; and
Whereas, the first Fourth of July celebration in the country was proclaimed by Governor Alexander Martin in 1783 as a result of that resolution; and
Whereas, Congress has never acted to formally proclaim the Fourth of July as Independence Day; and
Whereas, U. S. Representative Ike Andrews has introduced House Joint Resolution 282 in the 97th Congress which would request the President to annually proclaim July 4 of each year as Independence Day;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring that:
Section 1. The Congress is urged to pass House Joint Resolution 282 as soon as possible.
Sec. 2. Copies of the resolution shall be sent by the Secretary of State to each member of Congress from North Carolina.
Sec. 3. This resolution is effective upon ratification.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified, this the 3rd day of July, 1981.