We hope you have today off and are kicking back and enjoying this lovely Friday and getting a long weekend. Saturday is Independence Day where we often gather with families, friends and neighbors for potlucks and barbecues. Or some people find a lovely spot for a picnic. Some towns have bands playing. And the evenings are usually full of firework displays.
Here’s some inspiration for decorating your buffet table if you’re hosting
We didn’t really declare our independence on the 4th of July. The official vote took place on July 2nd and the Declaration of Independence was published in newspapers on July 4, 1776. In fact, John Adams fully expected July 2nd to be the big holiday.
Not everyone signed the Declaration by the 4th. It was officially signed by all 56 delegates on August 2nd. The oldest signer was Ben Franklin (70), and the youngest was Edward Rutledge (26). The one person who did sign on the 4th of July was John Hancock. He thought he’d be the only one signing since he was the president of the Congress, so that’s why his signature is so huge. Then everyone else decided to sign, although the last known signature was November 4, 1776 from Matthew Thornton of New Hampshire. However, others say it was Thomas McKean who signed in January, 1777.
John Adams, James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4th in 1826 less than five hours apart. (Jefferson was 82 and Adams was 90). Monroe died in 1831 at the age of 73.
Calvin Coolidge was born on the 4th of July (1872)
Originally, people decorated with flowers and wreaths made of local greenery. Red, white and blue clothing and decorations weren’t available. Also, our ancestors used real cannons and artillery instead of fireworks.
No one really knows how the hot dog was invented. There’s so many stories about their origin and how they were named that no one can be sure if there was a single person who created the name “hot dog” or if it happened in multiple areas and just blended together.
Apple pies wasn’t first made in America. (Whoops, we didn’t know this one) Only one type of apple is native to America. The rest were brought by early settlers, who also brought the pie recipe with them.
Like the hot dog, the hamburger has many people claiming to be its inventor.
Our modern day flag was a student project. High school student Robert G. Heft of Lancaster, Ohio was assigned to create a new “national banner” for America that would recognize the statehood of Alaska and Hawaii. Heft simply added two extra stars to the flag to give it an even 50 and stitched his own design. His teacher only gave him a “B-minus” for his effort, so he sent his project to President Dwight D. Eisenhower for consideration and a change of grade. Eisenhower chose his design personally and the new flag was officially adopted in 1960.