Some interesting historical facts via Wikipedia….
“After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
Adams’ prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.
Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on the holiday. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only U.S. President to have been born on Independence Day.”
We took the family out for ice cream. With Nadia being sick (we’re pretty sure it is MS but hopefully will have an answer from the MRI on 7/10) going for ice cream, visiting everyone then a little shopping wiped her out so we didn’t watch fireworks. Instead we watched the movie Age of Adaline….it was pretty good!
After ice cream we headed to Sam’s Club to purchase a grill. My first grill of my very own….oh boy! Of course, I’ve been around grills my whole life but never had one while being single. Cooking on the grill was always the man’s job. But, since we lost power for two days during the last storm and couldn’t do any cooking I decided it was high time to get a grill and learn. I am excited! Having my brother over today for steaks. Going to do the entire meal on the grill….will post pics in another blog.
How did you celebrate America’s Independence Day? If you don’t live in America, do you have a national day to celebrate your country? What are your traditions?