Monday, July 04, 2005

Independence Day...

"Thus may the 4th of July, that glorious and ever memorable day, be celebrated through America, by the sons of freedom, from age to age till time shall be no more. Amen and Amen." Virginia Gazette, July 17, 1777

PLAY THIS and listen to Hendrix playing the National Anthem while you read....

The 4th of July is the day that we celebrate our official split from British rule and the beginning of the American Revolution.

Some interesting facts:
--The original resolution was introduced by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia on June 7, 1776, and called for the Continental Congress to declare the United States free from British rule.
--June 10, 1776 a committee headed by Thomas Jefferson was appointed to prepare an appropriate writing for the occasion.
--The document that we know as the Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress on July 4th although the resolution that led to the writing of the Declaration was actually approved two days earlier.
--All of this had occurred with some of the delegates to the Congress not even present; New York, for example, did not even vote on the resolution until July 9th.
--Not a single signature was appended to the Declaration on July 4th. While most of the fifty-six names were in place by early August, one signer, Thomas McKean, did not actually sign the Declaration until 1781.
--The first official Fourth of July celebration, as affirmed by a legislative act, occurred in Massachusetts in 1781. By the mid 1800s, it became a United States custom to commemorate Independence Day in states and territories. Today, we use parades, picnics and fireworks to honor our country's fight for freedom.
--Many common Fourth of July traditions today have their roots in the celebrations of the early republic. On July 25, 1776, citizens of Williamsburg, Virginia celebrated the colonists' victory with military parades and cannons firing.
--One year to the day after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphians participated in a huge birthday bash complete with fireworks, parades, music and the firing of cannons.

TEST your 4th of July knowledge.

...and for your viewing pleasure, Bonnie (PRM) has recapped the girls of the Sandbox...

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