“America is best described in one word—freedom.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
As Americans, we celebrate Independence Day on July 4 to honor our nation’s birthday and the Declaration of Independence. It is day replete with parades, cookouts, picnics, waving flags, fireworks, and a heavy dose of patriotism.
JULY 4, 1776: The Second Continental Congress completed its work on the Declaration of Independence.
JULY 4, 1941: Independence Day was first celebrated as a federal legal holiday.
“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right with America.” – Bill Clinton
Did you know that there is a one-gun salute fired at noon on July 4th on every capable military base? It is called the Salute to the Union.
IT’S A GRAND OLD FLAG: and there are specific rules about displaying it proudly and properly.
Click here to brush up on the do’s and don’ts for honoring Old Glory.
FABULOUS FOOD: Having a cookout or picnic with friends and family? Think about foods that come in patriotic colors–white snow cone cups filled with red and blue berries, e.g. Be sure to offer hot dogs, hamburgers, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, and watermelon for an all-American meal. Maybe even Mom’s apple pie to top it off! Food Network stars share many delicious recipes for this holiday, and the web even offers a video of grilling safety tips.
FIREWORKS FINALE: Nearly every U.S. city or town offers an exciting fireworks display to end the day’s festivities, and we’re never to old or young to ooh and ah at the spectacle. Some notable shows are held at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the Charles River in Boston, Mt. Rushmore, the Rose Bowl, and the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Perhaps the longest celebration is fittingly held in Philadelphia–a 9 day festival culminating in back-to-back fireworks!
George Washington once said, “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” Do remember, however, that such a plant needs to cherished, nourished, and protected by each and every American.
Have a safe and happy 4th!