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Congress voted to draft the Declaration of Independence on July 2nd, 1776 they asked Thomas Jefferson to write the document. It was revised, approved and signed 2 days later on July 4th. At the time, there was some debate about whether July 2nd or the 4th would be considered the anniversary of American independence.

To observe the anniversary a 13 shot salute was fired twice on July 4th, 1977 in Bristol, Rhode Island. Other cities and towns began to celebrate the holiday with meals, parades, music, and fireworks. Independence Day was declared a federal paid holiday in 1938.

Jefferson and Declaration signer John Adams both died exactly 50 years later on July 4, 1926. James Monroe, another signer, and former President passed away on July 4th, 1931. Future President Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4th, 1872.

We celebrate the foresight of the forefathers that crafted the Declaration of Independence.  We hope you enjoy the coming holiday.

If you’re interested in the financial independence that grows from a sound retirement plan, we can help. Call us for a free review at 952-460-3260,

or listen in! Every Saturday Derek Fautsch and Joe Lucey talk about retirement planning on Secured Retirement Radio at 9 am on KTLK 1130 A.M. in the Twin Cities.

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Danielle Christensen


Danielle is dedicated to serving clients to achieve their retirement goals. As a Paraplanner, Danielle helps the advisors with the administrative side of preparing and documenting meetings. She is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict, with a degree in Business Administration and began working with Secured Retirement in May of 2023.

Danielle is a lifelong Minnesotan and currently resides in Farmington with her boyfriend and their senior rescue pittie/American Bulldog mix, Tukka.  In her free time, Danielle enjoys attending concerts and traveling. She is also an avid fan of the Minnesota Wild and loves to be at as many games as possible during the season!