Happy 4th of July!

Today we celebrate America’s Independence.

I came cross a great aritcle on the War of Idenpence at SolarNavigator. This is a highlight:

American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was a conflict that erupted between Great Britain and revolutionaries within thirteen British colonies, who declared their independence as the United States of America in 1776. The war was the culmination of the American Revolution, a colonial struggle against political and economic policies of the British Empire. The war eventually widened far beyond British North America; many Native Americans also fought on both sides of the conflict.

Throughout the war, the British were able to use their naval superiority to capture and occupy coastal cities, but control of the countryside (where most of the population lived) largely eluded them. After an American victory at Saratoga in 1777, France, Spain, and the Netherlands entered the war against Great Britain. French involvement proved decisive, with a naval victory in the Chesapeake leading to the surrender of a British army at Yorktown in 1781. The Treaty of Paris in 1783 recognized the independence of the United States. 

Here are some Indepenence Day facts coutresy of MSN Encarta.

1. Independence Day commemorates the formal adoption of the Declaration of Idependence on July 4, 1776. However, it was not declared a legal holiday until 1941.

2. Fireworks were made in China as early as the 11th century. The Chinese used their pyrotechnic mixtures for war rockets and explosives.

3. Uncle Sam was first popularized during the War of 1812, when the term appeared on supply containers. Believe it or not, the U. S. Congress didn’t adopt him as a national symbol until 1961.

4. There are many precise rules for taking care of the American flag. And speaking of flag traditions, we’re sorry to report that contrary to legend, historical research has failed to confirm that Betsy Ross sewed the first flag.

5. Not all members of the Continental Congress supported a formal Declaration of Independence, but those who did were passionate about it. One representative rode 80 miles by horseback to reach Philadelphia and break a tie in support of independence.

6. The first two versions of the Liberty Bell were defective and had to be melted down and recast. The third version rang every Fourth of July from 1778 to 1835, when, according to tradition, it cracked as it was being tolled for the death of Chief Justice Marshall.

7. The American national anthem, the “Star-Spangled Banner” is set to the tune of an English drinking song (”To Anacreon in Heaven”).

8. The iron framework of the Statue of Liberty was devised by French engineer Alexandre-Gustave, who also built the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

9. The patriotic poem “America the Beautiful” was published on July 4, 1895 by Wellesley College professor Katherine Lee Bates.

10. Father of the country and architect of independence George Washington held his first public office at the tender age of 17. He continued in public service until his death in 1799.

Wishing everyone a safe and fun 4th of July!!!


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25 thoughts on “Happy 4th of July!”

  1. It’s always interesting to hear the facts again about our history. Have a safe and happy holiday everyone!

  2. Happy 4th of July! The best way to spend a sunny Florida day is kicked back with a glass of ice tea and a new copy of The Gunslinger’s Untamed Bride. Love that Juniper! And Lily is a kick.

    Off to enjoy more before the fireworks (or maybe I’m just getting to the fireworks ).

    Happy 4th everyone!!!

  3. Stacey, love the refresher facts about Independence Day. Fascinating stuff! Hope you’re enjoying the holiday.

    I found a copy of “Gunslinger” at Walmart here yesterday and snatched it up. Love what I’ve read so far. Can’t wait for Lily to meet up with Juniper. Those will be fireworks for sure I’m thinking!

  4. THANK YOU, Linda 😀 I’m so excited you’ve found GUNSLINGER!! Lily and June’s first meet scene is one of my favorites 😉 Hope you enjoy the rest of the book and the rest of your 4th of July weekend 🙂

  5. HI Stacey! Happy 4th of July!!!!!

    Congrats (again) on the official release of June and Lily’s story!!!

  6. Thanks for another wonderful post, Stacey. We just saw the Statue of Lib. up close and personal a couple weeks ago. WOW. Still get shivers.

    Happy freedom, everybody–The U.S. is a great place to live.

    Off to the cul-de-sac block party right now. It’s a hoe-down theme this year and I can wear my new cowboy hat LOL.

  7. Wishing you a very happy Fourth of July.

    The Fourth of July became UNPAID Federal Holiday in 1870. In 1941, it became a PAID Federal Holiday. I went and looked at that one up because I had distinct memories of reading about fourth of July celebrations in a variety of primary sources etc and so was a bit confused. For example Bent’s Old Fort and its builders describes the Hailstorm drinks that were consumed on the annual fourth of July celebration from the 1840s. The hailstorm is a form of a mint julep.

    And in 1961, Congress recognised Samuel Wilson of Troy New York as the progenitor of Uncle Sam. The WWI poster of course shows Uncle Sam as being a symbol of the US for recruitment purposes. But you know what Congress is like…they can take awhile to cotton on!

  8. Oh wow, Tanya–how exciting 🙂 My mom got to see The Lady last year…I have yet to reach that eastern edge of the US…some day!!

    Hope you’re having a blast at the hoe-down—yee-haw, cowgirl 😉 Happy 4th of July!!

  9. Hi Michelle! So great to see you here 🙂 Thank you for sharing that added info on the July 4th holiday and Uncle Sam 😀

    Wishing you and yours a fabulous July 4th weekend!!

  10. Hi y’all…just stepped in to feed my doggies so came online for a sec, my secret addiction LOL. Stacey, wanna say how much I enjoyed Maverick Wild. Chance is hot, hot HOT.

  11. Hi Stacey…Great post:) Hope you caught my comment recently on “One Last Chance.”

    I also recently bought and have read The Gunslinger’s Untamed Bride (from B&N). Loved feisty Lily and wanted to lick Juniper’s face:)

    P.S. I would love to see an RSS feed on this site:)

  12. Hi Nancy! Thank you! I don’t know why we don’t have an RSS feed—we’ll have to look into that 😉

    Thank you so much for picking up a copy of GUNSLINGER!! Lily and Juniper were a lot of fun to write 🙂

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