Thursday, July 4, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA


HOW EVER YOU CELEBRATE STAY SAFE, BE HAPPY AND HAPPY 4TH TO YOU!!!



The following courtesy of History.com


Did You Know?

John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826--the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.


The Birth of American Independence
When the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radical. By the middle of the following year, however, many more colonists had come to favor independence, thanks to growing hostility against Britain and the spread of revolutionary sentiments such as those expressed in Thomas Paine's bestselling pamphlet "Common Sense," published in early 1776.  On June 7, when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, the Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies' independence. Amid heated debate, Congress postponed the vote on Lee's resolution, but appointed a five-man committee--including Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York--to draft a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain. 




The Following is courtesy of Wikipedia:

OBSERVANCES:
·       In 1777, thirteen gunshots were fired in salute, once at morning and once again as evening fell, on July 4 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 were decked with red, white, and blue bunting.[13]
·       In 1778, General George Washington marked July 4 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.[14]
·       In 1779, July 4 fell on a Sunday. The holiday was celebrated on Monday, July 5.[14]
·       In 1781 the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration.[14]
·       In 1783, Moravians in Salem, North Carolina, held a celebration of July 4 with a challenging music program assembled by Johann Friedrich Peter. This work was titled "The Psalm of Joy".
·       In 1791 the first recorded use of the name "Independence Day" occurred.[citation needed]
·       In 1820 the first Fourth of July celebration was held in Eastport, Maine which remains the largest in the state.[15]
·       In 1870, the U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees.[16]
·       In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.[17]


UNIQUE HISTORICAL CELEBRATIONS:

Held since 1785, the Bristol Fourth of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States.

Since 1868, Seward, Nebraska has held a celebration on the same town square. In 1979 Seward was designated “America's Official Fourth of July City-Small Town USA” by resolution of Congress. 

Seward has also been proclaimed Nebraska's Official Fourth of July City” by Governor James Exon in proclamation. Seward is a town of 6,000 but swells to 40,000+ during the July 4 celebrations.[22]

Since 1912, the Rebild Society, a Danish-American friendship organization, has held a July 4 weekend festival that serves as a homecoming for Danish-Americans in the Rebild section ofDenmark.[23]

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

Since 1959, the International Freedom Festival is jointly held in Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario during the last week of June each year as a mutual celebration of Independence Day and Canada Day (July 1). It culminates in a large fireworks display over the Detroit River.

Numerous major and minor league baseball games are played on Independence Day.

The famous Macy's fireworks display usually held over the East River in New York City has been televised nationwide on NBC since 1976. In 2009, the fireworks display was returned to the Hudson River for the first time since 2000 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's exploration of that river.[24]

Since 1970, the annual 10 kilometer Peachtree Road Race is held in AtlantaGeorgia.

The Boston Pops Orchestra has hosted a music and fireworks show over the Charles River Esplanade called the "Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular" annually since 1973.[25] The event was broadcast nationally from 1987 until 2002 on the A&E Network, and from 2003 until 2012 on CBS (the concert is still carried locally in full by Boston's CBS affiliate WBZ-TV).[26][27]

On the Capitol lawn in Washington, D.C., "A Capitol Fourth", a free concert, precedes the fireworks and attracts over half a million people annually.






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2 comments:

  1. Loved the history facts, Deb!!
    Wishing you and yours a very Happy 4th of July :).

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  2. Marilyn, (waving the flag at you)
    We're all great hope yours is too my friend.
    chat with you soon :)

    ReplyDelete

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