Happy Independence Day! We wanted to do something fun for today, but also knowing that most of you will be out at the festivities we thought we'd keep it light for today. So what better way to celebrate a holiday than to learn some fun facts and trivia about the holiday we are celebrating!
Did you know…
- The major objection to being ruled by Britain was taxation without representation. The colonists had no say in the decisions of English Parliament. Not to add politics to it, but it sometimes it seems as though we are heading right back to where we began.
- On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies' separation from Great Britain.
- The first public Fourth of July event at the White House occurred in 1804
- Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826.
- The song "Yankee Doodle" was sung originally by British officers making fun of backwoods Americans.
- The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
- It is one of the few federal holidays that have not been moved to the nearest Friday or Monday.
- The 4th of July celebration includes food, drink and the realization of how fortunate we are as a nation.
- Malia Obama, George Steinbrenner, Neil Simon, Ron Kovic and Calvin Coolidge were all born on the Fourth of July.
- The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
- The majority of the nation's flags and patriotic paraphernalia in relation to the Fourth of July is produced in China.
- The national anthem is actually set to the tune of an old English drinking song called To Anacreon in Heaven
I hope you all have a fantastic Fourth of July, or Independence day! Remember why we celebrate the day, and please be safe with your family events, fireworks and BBQs!
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
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