Happy Independence day or as many people say…Happy 4th of July to everyone in the US. and like every year, this is a day where “spectacular” is the theme for many people with fireworks, picnics, music and a great time for many people to be with friends and family.
While many people have birthdays on July 4th, some famous figures in American culture and history who share this special day are Neil Simon, Ann Landers, Malia Obama and of course the most famous share is (John)Calvin Coolidge who was born in Plymouth, Vermont on July 4th 1872 and became the 30th President of the US in 1924
Some interesting quotes by the signers of the Declaration of Independence
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ~Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth. ~John Adams (1735–1826)
We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. ~Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)
...and did you know that at one time, Independance day was celebrated with greenery ..not the red white and blue that everyone is familiar with?
“That was started by George Washington and his troops. Soldiers wore greens in their caps, and buildings were decorated. But as red-white-and-blue paper [became widely available], and the flag became more important, that fell out of favor.”
While the “Star Spangled Banner” is the National anthem of the US, the unofficial anthem ” America the Beautiful” was written by Katharine Lee Bates in 1893 as she traveled from Massachusetts to Colorado for a summer teaching job. She was 33 at the time. Bates published her poem, America the Beautiful in a church publication in 1895, and received $5 for her work. The music was written by Samuel Augustus Ward, an organist, and the two were put together. Ray Charles was known for his amazing version of this song and was just one of the people who supported it becoming the national anthem and once said ” “Honestly, wouldn’t you rather sing about the beauty of America?”
I still remember as a younger person seeing the movie Pollyanna with Hayley Mills and even though I am not an American, I remember having goose bumps when I heard her sing this song
No matter the name “Independence Day” “4th of July” or Happy Birthday, I hope that you all have a wonderful day ..stay safe and have fun