Friday, July 4, 2014

Stars and Stripes Forever

Happy Fourth! Here's some July 4 trivia for my fellow nerds:

-Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe all died on July 4.
-July 4 was not declared a National holiday until 1941.
-July 4 is the date the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. It could have easily been July 2, the date the Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution for independence from the Brits.
-Philadelphians celebrated that first year on July 8, and George Washington's troops didn't even know about it until July 9. And the British didn't receive word of it until August 30. No email back then and all.

Unfortunately for Geege, July 4 means fireworks out the wazoo, a tradition that originated right here in this fair city, the birthplace of the nation:
Have a banner day!
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