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FRAMINGHAM – Saturday, is July 4, also known as Independence Day.

Most federal, state and municipal offices are closed today, July 3, to make the federal holiday.

The holiday commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776.

In 1781, the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration.

In 1870, the U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees.

In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.

Independence Day 2020 is quite different than Independence Day 2019. Almost all of the celebrations have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Natick cancelled its annual 4th of July parade.

Mail: Post offices closed; express delivery and Amazon available, but no home delivery.

Supermarkets: Open

Liquor Stores: Open

Convenience stores: Open

Banks: Some open and some closed.

Stockmarket: Closed

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.