Happy 4th of July, 2017


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….”

                                                                                                                                      Danny Gallagher

How do you celebrate the 4th of July?






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17 thoughts on “Happy 4th of July, 2017”

  1. Phyliss- Happy 4th to you and your family. I loved all the history you gave us in your blog. We will go to our city park for fun day and then BBQ and watch fireworks. You have a great celebration yourself! ?????????

    • Thanks, Tonya. We’ll have a quiet 4th this year. Typically, we go to Derby, bet you know where it is, and have a big 4th with all of the family. My daughter’s neighbors close off both ends of the street and everyone shoots off firecrackers, etc. We have a blast, but this year since our oldest daughter and family came for Spring Break they didn’t come back for the 4th. Had a great lunch with our mutual friend, so I’ve had a very nice 4th. I hope you and yours have a fantastic BBQ and fireworks. Hugs, Phyliss

      • Phyliss – Nothing wrong with a quiet 4th, Rob and I have had one today too. Just a relaxing day to spend together, cookout, & later watch fireworks. Glad you & our special friend had a great lunch. Love you my fellow Texan filly.

    • Happy 4th, Debra. I love a picnic with the family, too. Hope you and yours have a fantastic Independence Day. Hugs, Phyliss

    • Janine, Happy 4th to you and yours! Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Hugs, Phyliss

    • Hi Trish, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to read and comment. If we could figure out how to write and not have revisions, particularly with deadlines, wouldn’t life as a writer be so much more fun? But as any other jobs, we all have to suffer through parts that aren’t as much fun! I’m in red, white and blue, too! Happy 4th to you and yours, fellow Filly! Hugs, Phyliss

    • Hi Colleen, Happy 4th of July to you and yours! Thanks for taking time to comment on this special holiday. Hugs, Phyliss

  2. For the past two years, my little grands enter a fishing tournament during the morning. We have a hotdog and wait to hear the winners. My grands did great today… all of them winners! Tonight we will watch fireworks, eat more hotdogs, and pop more fireworks. Family and fun! Happy 4th, Phyliss!

  3. Hi Melanie, thanks for stopping by. Congratulations to your little grands! Sounds like they had fun and anytime you come away a winner, it’s even better. We have our youngest grand from California here for the month and she loves to fish, so a tournament would be just up her alley. My 90+ uncle loves to take her to the lake/park to fish. I pray you and yours have a wonderful 4th of July–I love hot dogs! Enjoy every minute with your family. Big hugs, Phyliss

  4. Good food and fellowship is always just the right thing after a busy booksigning for you and Jodi. And, we’ll discuss who pays next time!!!!!! I know how busy you are, so I truly thank you for reading the blog, although I think I told you about every aspect of it during lunch. LOL Oh, and if you’re paying next time, I want to go to the country club :-)!!!! Big smiles and hugs.

  5. We usually have a family cookout and watch the “Capitol Fourth” on TV. The past two years have manned a table at the city’s celebration giving information on Honor Flight and collecting donations. The bonus is we are considered VIP guests and can park on site near the stage and Pepsi and Food City, who sponsor the event, serve us dinner. There are bands playing from 4 to 9:30 and we have a front row seat for the fireworks.

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