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Happy 4th of July Weekend

July 1st, 2016

4TH of July 2016 ExampleHappy 4th of July Weekend

We hope you have a great weekend planned. Monday is the 4th of July when families and neighbors often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue and take advantage of the holiday weekend. The evenings are often full of firework displays.

You can see an image of and read the text of the Declaration of Independence here.

Here’s some inspiration for decorating your buffet table if you’re hosting

Trivia

    1. We didn’t really declare our independence on the 4th of July. The official vote took place on July 2nd and the Declaration of Independence was published in newspapers on July 4, 1776. In fact, John Adams fully expected July 2nd to be the big holiday.
    2. Not everyone signed the Declaration by the 4th. It was officially signed by all 56 delegates on August 2nd. The oldest signer was Ben Franklin (70), and the youngest was Edward Rutledge (26). The one person who did sign on the 4th of July was John Hancock. He thought he’d be the only one signing since he was the president of the Congress, so that’s why his signature is so huge. Then everyone else decided to sign, although the last known signature was November 4, 1776 from Matthew Thornton of New Hampshire. However, others say it was Thomas McKean who signed in January, 1777.
    3. John Adams, James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4th in 1826 less than five hours apart. (Jefferson was 82 and Adams was 90). Monroe died in 1831 at the age of 73.
    4. Calvin Coolidge was born on the 4th of July (1872)
    5. Originally, people decorated with flowers and wreaths made of local greenery. Red, white and blue clothing and decorations weren’t available. Also, our ancestors used real cannons and artillery instead of fireworks.
    6. No one really knows how the hot dog was invented. There’s so many stories about their origin and how they were named that no one can be sure if there was a single person who created the name “hot dog” or if it happened in multiple areas and just blended together.
    7. Apple pies wasn’t first made in America. (Whoops, we didn’t know this one) Only one type of apple is native to America. The rest were brought by early settlers, who also brought the pie recipe with them.
    8. Like the hot dog, the hamburger has many people claiming to be its inventor.
    9. Our modern day flag was a student project. High school student Robert G. Heft of Lancaster, Ohio was assigned to create a new "national banner" for America that would recognize the statehood of Alaska and Hawaii. Heft simply added two extra stars to the flag to give it an even 50 and stitched his own design. His teacher only gave him a "B-minus" for his effort, so he sent his project to President Dwight D. Eisenhower for consideration and a change of grade. Eisenhower chose his design personally and the new flag was officially adopted in 1960.
    10. The Bristol Fourth of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States. It started in 1785.

Since 1916, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City supposedly started as a way to settle a dispute among four immigrants as to who was the most patriotic.

What will you be doing to celebrate the birth of the United States?

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