Some Interesting Facts about the 4th of July
- In 1777 thirteen gunshots were fired in salute, once at morning and once again as evening fell, on July 4th in Bristol, Rhode Island. Philadelphia celebrated the first anniversary in a manner a modern American would find quite familiar: an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks. Ships in port were decked with red, white, and blue bunting.
- In 1778, from his headquarters at Ross Hall, near New Brunswick, NJ, General George Washington marked July 4th with a double ration of rum for his soldiers and an artillery salute. Across the Atlantic Ocean, ambassadors John Adams and Benjamin Franklin held a dinner for their fellow Americans in Paris, France. In 1779, July 4th fell on a Sunday. The holiday was celebrated on Monday, July 5th.
- In 1781 the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4th as a state celebration.
- In 1783, Moravians in Salem. NC, held a celebration of July 4th with a challenging music program assembled by Johann Friedrich Peter. This work was titled The Psalm of Joy. This is recognized as the first recorded celebration and is still celebrated there today.
- 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.
Thank you Wikipedia for these interesting facts. But, one of the lesser known facts I found was: In a bizarre, though perhaps apt, twist of fate, both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826. “The publication of the Declaration of Independence may have accidentally made the Fourth of July the official day of independence for America, but the deaths of two of its founders cemented its creation of the date’s designation….”
How do you celebrate the 4th of July?
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO ALL!