A 4th of July All Year Celebration Helps You Keep Patriotism in Your Heart
4th of July is about our Deceleration of Independence
"Believe me, dear Sir: there is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But, by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose; and in this, I think I speak the sentiments of America."
—Thomas Jefferson, November 29, 1775
This day is about our founding as a Nation. To be free to setup a government where the people can govern themselves. Today it is a reminder that our freedoms certainly were, and are, NOT FREE but have always come at a huge price. The price is part of the American spirit that enlightens us to always strive to do what is best for our Country, its people, and preserve the American way of life.
Fun Facts about the Deceleration of Independence
- After the reading of the Deceleration of Independence to American troops they tore down the statue of King George III at the foot of Broadway on the Bowling Green.
- The Deceleration of Independence was formally declared on July 2nd, the final draft was approved by the Continental Congress July 4th, and it wasn't signed until August 2nd, 1776.
- The reason we have July 4th cemented in our minds may because the printing done by John Dunlap and his printed 200 copies bore that date. Today there are only 26 copies known to exist.
- While celebrations did exist it wasn't even thought of as a National holiday for over a hundred years when Congress finally took up the notion to make it a holiday along with Christmas.
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What is your favorite patriotic song?
Patriotic Songs we Love to Sing
- Star Spangled Banner - I think that most of us know and love to sing this song. Because it is sung at every major sporting event most of us know it by heart. But did you know this is not the original name?
- God Bless America - is also sung at some sporting events. Especially popular after 911 and in Yankee Stadium. It was originally written for a singer who wanted a patriotic song for a radio show. Irving Berlin was an immigrant and new American citizen when he begin to write this.
- My Country 'Tis of Thee - was written and composed in different times. The history of this song is confusing and long. But in the end it is a powerful reminder of our Country's ties to Liberty.
- America the Beautiful - was penned by a female author as a published poem in 1895. It was later given a tune after several searches and contests failed to yield a good fit. This song was said to be "the finest expression of patriotism" and it certainly is beautiful.
- God Bless the USA and the 1812 Overture - are played during firework celebrations and have a great way of bringing out the American spirit. I believe for me, that God Bless the USA is one of my favorite songs. and I never tire of it.
- Party in the USA - by Miley is on here because a lot of states are now using this song as a celebration song during fireworks. It is catchy but not so patriotic in the very spirit of the work.
So why do we use Fireworks on the 4th of July?
While certainly using fireworks all year round does not fit in with our celebrating America all year long theme it is still important on the 4th of July.
Fireworks and their discovery is attributed to the orient. They made there way to England and were a huge part of celebrations in the American colonies. But they were not the cheap celebratory items you see today.
It may have started when in times of old cities would usher in the 4th on the night before by building huge fires. These became contests to see who could be the best, highest, and most fiery.
It is interesting to note, that the one of the best examples of this, was a bonfire set in Salem. MA on Gallow Hill, a famous site know for the burning of 19 people for witchcraft.
Today it is not feasible or safe to light huge bonfires so maybe that is why we switched to the use of fireworks as they became more affordable and cities grew larger and where able to afford huge firework celebrations.
Remember how our Freedoms were Won, the Soldier!
We would be remiss if we didn't take, if not all the time, at least a few minutes to give honor to all of those fallen heroes and soldiers who gave their time, duty, and lives in the protection of our freedoms.
From the soldiers who under insurmountable odds fought for the right of our Nation to become recognized as a sovereign Country to the men and women who patrol our walls this very night.
We are so fortunate and blessed to live in this great Country where all of our lives are given to comfort, peace, and liberty. Even thought it is paved with the blood of the courageous souls who came before we are still humbled by their service and honor their legacy.
So to the soldier and those who fight to protect our great Nation this day is really for you as we celebrate our founding we also applaud those who ushered it forward.
Things that Happened on the 4th of July
Calvin Coolidge - US President
1826 - John Adams, 2nd president (1797-1801), dies at 90
1796 - 1st Independence Day celebration is held
Andrew Zimmern - Chef
1826 - Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President (1801-09), dies at 83
1983 - NY Yankee Dave Righetti no-hits the Red Sox
Malia Obama - Presidents daughter
1831 - James Monroe, 5th president (1817-25), dies at 73
1988 - US Navy shoots down Iranian civilian jetliner over Gulf, kills 290
Geraldo Rivera - TV Personality
1934 - Marie Curie, French-Polish Physicist/Chemist, dies at 66
1990 - 2 Live Crew release "Banned in the USA" the lyrics quote Star Spangled Banner & Gettysburg Address
Nathaniel Hawthorne - Author
1997 - Charles Kuralt, news anchor (CBS Sunday Morning), dies at 62
1994 - USA loses to Brazil 1-0 in 1994 World Cup quarter finals
George Steinbrenner - Sports
2003 - Barry White, American singer, dies at 58
1996 - Hot Mail, a free internet E-mail service begins
Al Davis - Sports and Owner of the Oakland Raiders
2008 - Jesse Helms, American politician (b. 1921)
1997 - US space probe Pathfinder lands on Ares Vallis Mars
Ann Landers - Journalist
2009 - Steve McNair, American football player (b. 1973)
2009 - The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks.
Soldiers Protect us All Year Long - Celebrate America All Year Long
America Is an All Year Long Thing
So stand tall and know that the country you and I live in is celebrating its founding on this day. But it is EVERY DAY that we should celebrate the United States of America. We do so many things all throughout the year that demonstrate this:
- Come together for worldwide sport events like the World Cup.
- We chant USA! USA! USA!
- We fly flags on holidays.
- We ban together during times of crisis.
- We celebrate our heroes and valiant soldiers.
- We express gratitude for our freedoms.
So lets make it a habit, no a dedication, or even more personal, a vow that we will celebrate the 4th of July all year long. Like Scrooge kept Christmas all year long in his heart let us commit to doing the same and keep patriotism, liberty, and duty to our Country in our hearts.