Celebrating the Fourth of July
By: Good2GoPublished: June 29, 2015
Did you know that the original Thirteen Colonies actually voted for their independence from Great Britain on July 2, 1776? The formal Declaration of Independence wasn’t approved and presented until July 4th, two days later, hence the timing of our annual celebration. It’s estimated that about 200 prints of the Declaration’s finished proofs, known as the Dunlap broadsides, were circulated to the Thirteen Colonies and to England that day. What’s a broadside and why were they called the Dunlap broadsides, you ask? A broadside is simply a large sheet of paper printed on one side, which announces a proclamation or event. John Dunlap was a Philadelphian responsible for printing the proclamations. The rest is history!
July 4th, or Independence Day, soon became a time of celebration and reflection. It marks the point in history when the Thirteen Colonies declared their freedom and came together as the United States of America.
The early celebrations were not much different than they are now. In 1777, the first anniversary, Philadelphians celebrated with an official dinner for the Continental Congress, a 13-gun salute, music, parades, and even fireworks. Presently, on Independence Day, the tradition of the gun salute to honor this day’s significance continues only it is now known as the “Salute to the Union”. 50 guns are fired across each state at exactly noon. It appears not much has changed over time!
In the year 1870 the Fourth of July was officially made an unpaid national holiday by Congress. By 1938 it had become an official paid federal holiday. As a national holiday, non-essential federal services, such as the post office and federal courts, are closed.
Independence Day is always observed on July 4th but depending on what day of the week it falls, often determines the types of activities we plan. Since it is a national holiday, when the 4th lands on the weekend the holiday is extended an extra day. The three day weekend often allows folks to make extended travel plans to vacation or visit family and friends.
The 4th of July has become a day for families and friends to gather and enjoy each other’s company. The seasonal timing of the holiday also draws people outside, whether to the shore, a local park, or simply their own backyard. Towns across America celebrate with parades, firework displays, and barbecues. If you’re into the historical side of things you can always make the trek to Washington D.C. or Philadelphia to take in the heritage of our country.
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