Happy Birthday to me!….and some others that I know – Trail Boss, Sweet Sherry and someone else I was told of lately but have forgotten…
The true meaning of the 4th of July however occurred in 1776 with the Continental Congress declaring Independence of the 13 colonies, now known as the United States of America, no longer a part of the British Empire.
It is written that Independence was actually declared two days earlier on the 2nd of July. Congress however reviewed the declaration and final approval came two days later on the 4th.
John Adams (who later became the 2nd president) wrote to his wife stating the day (well the 2nd but he was a bit off) shall be celebrated with ‘pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations…….’
On the first anniversary of their Independence in 1777, Bristol, Rhode Island fired 13 gunshots in the morning and again in the evening…..I guess celebrations have grown proportionately since then!!
Today it is celebrated with backyard bbq’s, visits to the lake, parades, American flags, red,white and blue bunting, fireworks and more!
The 4th is apparently the largest day of travel within the US as well, so for all of you commemorating your past forefathers of your fine country, travel safely wherever you may be headed.
Looking forward to fireworks tonight! Yippee!
Happy Birthday to meeeee. It’s now 12.03333. (am in the morning, night!!)