Pump Up Your Patriotism this 4th of July!

By: Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services
Sunday, July 1, 2018

With the 4th of July right around the corner, it's a good time to brush up on your knowledge of this annual celebration and to appreciate all it stands for.

The quest for independence was brought up in Congress and a committee, which included notable men like John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin, was created to help draft a statement to justify the United States’ break from Great Britain. On July 4th, 1776, Congress decided to accept this statement, known as the Declaration of Independence. Since that time, the celebration commemorating our separation from Great Britain's monarchy has continued on a yearly basis. As a holiday, the 4th of July celebrates both our independence and our unity as a country. Check out these seven little–known Independence Day facts:

1.     There were multiple copies of the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson made copies at a shop run by John Dunlap, a Philadelphia printer. These copies became known as "Dunlap Broadsides," and it's estimated that 200 or so were printed for distribution. Just 26 copies have survived throughout the years, with the most recent copy discovered in 2009.

2.     Hot off the presses! On July 6, 1776, the Pennsylvania Evening Post became the first newspaper to print the now-historic Declaration of Independence.

3.     Many countries have used the Declaration of Independence as a beacon in their struggles for freedom. Among them, France, Greece, Poland, Russia, and a number of countries in South America.

4.     The "Star Spangled Banner" wasn't written until 1814. Francis Scott Key wrote a poem stemming from his observations when the British relentlessly attacked Baltimore's Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. It was later put to the tune of an English drinking song, “To Anacreon in Heaven”. The Star Spangler Banner wasn’t pronounced the official national anthem of the United States until 1931.

5.     Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the first and longest–running 4th of July Parade. The town has held the celebration every year since 1785.

6.     Philadelphia honors the 13 founding colonies each year. Every 4th of July, the Liberty Bell is tapped (not rung due to its age and poor condition) thirteen times in honor of the original 13 colonies.

7.     The Declaration of Independence spent many years on the road. After the signing ceremony on August 2nd, it was most likely filed in Philadelphia. On December 12th, threatened by the British, Congress adjourned and reconvened eight days later in Baltimore, Maryland, where the document remained until its return to Philadelphia in March of 1777. In the years to follow, it traveled widely with the Continental Congress throughout the northeast, then moving to Washington, DC in 1800.

 

 

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

How to Choose the Right Assisted Living Facility

There are currently more than 51,000 assisted living facilities in the United States. While they generally serve the same population and support the same housing goals, they vary widely by size, cu...

Seven Ways to Help a Loved One Bereaved by Suicide

  “That ton of bricks that is thrust upon your shoulders by a loved one’s suicide never goes away. But you do get stronger shoulders.” – Frank Kaufman Increasingly, suicide is being viewed n...

Safe and Sound: What Every Senior Should Know About Home Safety

The global population is rapidly becoming dominated by senior citizens. By the year 2050, the senior population in the United States is expected to rise from 48 million to an astonishing 88 million...

Being There for a Caregiver: How You Can Ease the Burden

Caregivers are driven by their compassion and desire to support their loved one on his or her end-of-life journey. Motivated by concern, caregivers often neglect their own needs and forget about ta...

Have a Good Death: Making the Most of the Final Stages of Life

Why is it so important to understand what to expect at the end of life? Because if we know the conditions for a good death, we are more apt to prepare ourselves and the ones we love to die with dig...

Important Tips for a Memorable Eulogy

Writing a meaningful eulogy may seem like a daunting task. You may have mixed emotions about it, too. Part of you likely is honored by the request but you may also feel anxious and not sure how t...

An Important Conversation: Talking About Final Wishes

Sadly, many families face must deal with the situation in which a loved one passes away before his or her dying wishes are made known. Grieving family members left behind often find themselves lo...

Choosing Hospice Care: Seven Things You Need to Know

Hospice care focuses on the quality of life rather than its length. Hospice services are used when a person can no longer be helped by curative treatments and is expected to live about six months o...

It’s Hard to Believe, but Scamming the Bereaved Happens all the Time

After the death of a loved one, you expect to feel a range of emotions such as sadness and denial. What you may not anticipate is being preyed upon by bereavement scams from con artists and fraudst...

Here’s Why Estate Planning and Funeral Planning are Smart New Year’s Resolutions

As January approaches, most of us start thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you’re determined to finally take that vacation of your dreams, lose the weight that’s been bothering you,...