Happy 4th of July! A long weekend is ahead to celebrate Independence Day. In between the fun, hot dogs and fireworks, take time to remember why we celebrate this special day. Our leaders throughout the state and country may not be acting the way we wish them to act, but no matter what political party we are affiliated with, we are all Americans and we should celebrate America!
The 4th of July is typically one of the most dangerous holidays on the roads. With it being part of an extended weekend this year, there is greater risk of a car accident. So, drive safely and watch out for those who don’t! OK, enough of the legal lecture, let’s talk fun things to know about the 4th of July and Independence Day!
Here are some interesting things that may come up in conversation during this weekend (especially if you bring them up because you now know the information):
1. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a “laptop,” which was a writing desk that could fit on one’s lap.
2. Congress didn’t declare July 4th as an official holiday until 1870. It was part of a bill to officially recognize other holidays including Christmas.
3. The “Star Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key and was originally a poem stemming from his observations in 1814 concerning the British attack on Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. It was later put to music. The tune of the National Anthem was originally used by an English drinking song called “to Anacreon in Heaven.”
4. Three Presidents died on the Fourth of July — John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (they died within hours apart of each other) and James Monroe. On the other hand, America’s 30th President, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4, 1872.
5. To avoid cracking it, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. To mark the quintessential day, every 4th of July it is symbolically tapped 13 times (representing the 13 original colonies).
6. The following Bible verse is on the Liberty Bell: “”Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”
7. The Statue of Liberty’s full name is Liberty Enlightening the World.
8. Fireworks are just chemical reactions. A firework requires three key components: an oxidizer, a fuel and a chemical mixture to produce the color. The oxidizer breaks the chemical bonds in the fuel, releasing all of the energy that’s stored in those bonds. To ignite this chemical reaction, all you need is a bit of fire, in the form of a fuse or a direct flame. (This one is for my brother the science teacher!)
9. Specific elements in fireworks produce specific colors. Different chemicals burn at different wavelengths of light. Strontium and lithium compounds produce deep reds; copper produces blues; titanium and magnesium burn silver or white; calcium creates an orange color; sodium produces yellow pyrotechnics; and finally, barium burns green. Combining chlorine with barium or copper creates neon green and turquoise flames, respectively. (Again, this one is for my brother!)
10. On July 4, 1778, George Washington ordered a double ration of rum for his soldiers to celebrate the holiday.
So, enjoy the rum, soda, hot dogs and family and remember to celebrate America! We do live in the greatest country in the world!
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