3 Star-Spangled Facts for Your 4th of July Holiday

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As the 4th of July inches nearer, we've all got the majestic red, white, and blue serenading us with her sweet refrains of freedom. As she lauds her 'amber waves of grain,' we daydream about fireworks, barbecues, and festivities. Although we all love these things about the 4th of July, many of us are a little fuzzy on the history behind the celebration. This Independence Day, impress your friends and family with these 3 star-spangled facts.

Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1776!

Ringing through the streets of the original thirteen colonies were cries demanding, 'no taxation without representation.' After years of unreasonable taxes, along with Great Britain's exploitation of America's resources, tensions between the two were at an all-time high, and thus began the Revolutionary War. A little over a year after the start of the war, a group of delegates met in Philadelphia to draft a document declaring America's independence from Great Britain. That document soon became known as the Declaration of Independence. The year? You guessed it... 1776.

John Adams just wanted us to give July 2nd a chance.

It was July 2, 1776, and the aye votes had it; America was now independent of Great Britain's rule. John Adam's heart was filled with immense pride as he penned a letter to his wife Abigail in which he declared, "I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival." Although the vote took place on the 2nd, the document was not printed, signed, or formally recognized until the 4th. This was an unfortunate fact that John Adams would never come to accept. In fact, he was so adamant in his belief, that the anniversary should be the 2nd, that he refused invitations to any 4th of July celebrations. Bonus fact: John Adams died on July 4, 1826.

Fireworks, feasts, and festivities, oh my!

You might think that revolutionaries didn't know how to party like we do today, but the truth is that we owe many of our rocking 4th of July traditions to those guys. A year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, authorization was given for use of pyrotechnics, making fireworks synonymous with freedom. Other early celebrations consisted of musical concerts, public readings of the Declaration of Independence, giant feasts, muskets and cannons blasting off, parades, and bonfires. Even in the midst of the war, George Washington made sure his troops got their celebration on, by doubling their rations of rum.

We have many reasons to take pride in our history, but we should probably add an extra note of thanks to our founding fathers for establishing an excellent foundation that taught us how to have an amazing 4th of July blowout. Now that you've got some fun, historical facts added to your arsenal, you are sure to make a bang at this year's festivities!

 

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