Hello, Happy Independence Day everyone!
I thought I would do something different and start today’s article with a few fun facts. Hopefully some of these will be new to you.
Did you know that July 2nd was first proposed to be the day of celebration for Independence? It was proposed by John Adams in a letter written to his wife, Abigail, saying that it should be celebrated on with ”pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations” throughout the entire United States. Apparently at that time it wasn’t clear on which day the Declaration of Independence was actually signed, and only later was it agreed on that it was on July 4th.
Another fun fact: the year 1791 was the first year that records show that the name “Independence Day” was used.
A very intriguing fact: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both signers of the Declaration of Independence and presidents of the United States, died on July 4, 1826 – exactly 50 years after the adoption of the declaration.
An interesting fact: besides the Statue of Liberty and the incredible fireworks displays, the American flag is the most recognized and most commonly used symbol to celebrate Independence Day.
How many of these amazing facts about Independence Day did you know? Do you have your own odd Independence Day tradition you would to share? Share it on our Facebook!
In honor of Independence Day, I would like to show you some extremely colorful firework displays from our Nation’s Capital.
The Washington Monument
A beautiful and colorful display with the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument in the foregrounds.
The Lincoln Memorial
The Iwo Jima Memorial
Arlington National Cemetery. A somber memorial is given a gorgeous amber glow. A very fitting tribute to those brave soldiers.
And, finally, the flag
This is just a sample of what we experience here in the Nation’s Capital for Independence Day. I highly recommend that you visit here during the 4th of July holiday. You will not be disappointed!
My husband Christopher and I are going to continue the tradition of watching these spectacular scenes while on our boat with friends. Fun times! Do not forget to tell us how you will be celebrating!
I hope you all have a safe, fun and festive Independence Day!