Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

The 4th of July holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the 13 colonies from Great Britain occured on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of Independence

Unique of Historical Facts:

Held since 1785, the Bristol 4th of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the US.

Since 1972, Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY has been held on July 4th.

On the Capitol lawn in Washington D.C., "A Capitol Fourth" a free concert precedes fireworks and attract over half a million people (broadcast on PBS).

Several countries used the Declaration of Independence as a beacon in their own struggles from Freedom.  Among them, France.  Then later, Greece, Poland and Russia.

"Yankee Doodle" one of many patriotic songs in the US, was originally sung prior to the Revolution by British military officers who mocked the unorganized and buckskin wearing "Yankees" with whom they fought during the French and Indian War.

Three US presidents actually died on July 4th.  Two of them passed away within hours of each other on July 4th 1826; John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.  James Monroe died on July 4th 1831.