We all buy generic cialis 20mg have our traditions for Independence Day but what was it like back in the early days?
July 4th was a VERY BIG DEAL.
Shortly after the war for independence ended, certain traditions were born. Everyone wanted to celebrate. Patriotism ran high. It was a day of rejoicing.
The day started something like this:
- Making noise of some kind, usually started at the crack of dawn
- A Parade
- Speeches – VERY long-winded speeches
- Games – Horse races – Shooting Matches – & maybe a Baseball game
And it was a tradition for the men to drink, not that they needed much of an excuse. Then there was a tradition to the tradition—making toasts—thirteen of them to be exact to represent the original 13 colonies.
The first toast was always to the current president. The second to George Washington. From there they toasted the governor, mayor, (possibly the mayor’s horse and maybe his dog and children—anything they could think of.)
But the thirteenth toast was to women.
Why was that you ask? Probably in hopes that their wives wouldn’t kill them for getting drunk. I can’t imagine many men even making it to 13 shots of whiskey. But the ones who did, continued on in making voluntary toasts to anything that came to mind.
In some towns, they printed the toasts in the newspaper so those who participated would know beforehand who and what they needed to celebrate.
Here’s a bit of trivia for you:
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams (the only signers of the Declaration of Independence who served as president) died on the same day on July 4, 1826 on the 50th anniversary of Independence Day.
James Monroe, who was not a signer of the Declaration, died on July 4, 1831. He was the third president in a row to die on July 4th.
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Okay, it’s time for you to say what your traditions are. Hope you have a great time!!