On the 4th of July we joyously celebrate the birthday of our nation. Many of us enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, fireworks, parades, family picnics, concerts, the long weekend and warm weather. It is thought of as the main summer holiday where we appreciate our country, pay respect to those who served and those who still protect us, and we fly our flags.
After years of war with England, in 1776, the colonies succeeded in their effort to separate from Great Britain and declared independence. Without the events of July 4th, there would be no America. Sometimes we get so lost in the festivities of this fun-filled holiday that we forget to think about its meaningful origins. How much do we actually remember from our history lessons?
Facts About the 4th of July
- When – On July 4th, 1776, Congress approved the Declaration of Independence.
- Author – Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence.
- Coincidence – Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4th, 1826.
- Signed by – Representatives from the 13 colonies from the Continental Congress.
- A popular phrase coined – “Put your John Hancock on it”. Hancock was 1 of 56 men to actually sign the declaration.
- First official 4th of July party – 1777 in Philadelphia
- First newspaper to print the Declaration – The Pennsylvania Evening Post
- Celebratory food in 1776 – Turtle soup, poached salmon, and green peas
- Statue of Liberty – Symbolizes America’s Independence and freedom to all that enter. The statue was given to us by France in 1886.
- Ben Franklin wanted – The turkey to be the national bird, not the bald eagle
- First parade – Boats on the Potomac River, not street parades
- Longest-running parade – Since 1785 in Bristol, Rhode Island
- Capitol moved – In 1790 from Philadelphia to Washington, DC
- Became a paid federal holiday – In 1938
- Most patriotic state – Pennslyvania with 11 places with the word ‘liberty’ and 33 places with the word ‘union’
- Ringing of the Liberty Bell – Not since 1846 due to fear of the 2,000 pound bell cracking. It is tapped 13 times to commence the ringing of bells across the country.
- Special celebrations – Since 1972, annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island
– Since 1973, Boston Pops Orchestra Fireworks Performance
- 4th of July decorations – Everything from balloons, streamers, desserts to clothing in the colors of our flag – red, white and blue.
4th of July History
4th of July celebrations were very popular in the early 1900’s and enthusiasm seemed to grow after each war reaching a peak amid the patriotic fervor that rose as World War II drew to a victorious close. Enthusiasm waned though in the 1950’s and celebrations became more family or church oriented gatherings. 4th of July celebrations continued to become less popular and reached their nadir in the years surrounding the divisive Vietnam conflict.
The Bi-Centennial and the renovation of the Statue of Liberty sparked a rebirth of the patriot spirit of America, and 4th of July celebrations now bring American people together in a way unlike any other holiday. For me, it has a very personal meaning as I gave birth to my daughter and business partner on the 4th of July. Throughout her early childhood, we told her that the fireworks, parades, and parties were all for her. Sometimes I think she may still believe it!
We hope you enjoy your 4th of July festivities and the long weekend. Sport your patriotic spirit and put some sparkle in your red, white and blue jubilee with some fabulous jewelry from our summer collection.
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How will You celebrate?