In case you have heard, today is Independence Day! Celebrate it! Go out and set some fireworks off. Have a cook out. Visit a statue. Today was the day the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence, all 56 of them representing 13 states, 2.5 million people in 1776. The document was actually finished on July 2nd but it took two days for the government to get together and sign it. Today, it would probably take 50 years to do the same thing, if it could ever get done. So if nothing else, celebrate a time when government did actually do something!
How to celebrate – Have a picnic. Reads about the Revolution. Check out Elliot and Friends, Independence Day at the Museum.
We have all sorts of holidays available to us to celebrate, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, and so on and so on. So why not make up your own holiday!?! Sure, maybe you haven’t done the things that St. Patrick or Jesus did but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a holiday named after you and or any day you think should be celebrated. Today was made available, apparently, by the Wellness Permission League. So why not have a holiday just for yourself, your family and your friends… after-all, you deserve it.
How to celebrate – Decide what holiday you want to create. Set a date for the holiday. Decide how to celebrate your holiday.
July 4th National Country Music Day
It is fitting that National Country Day and Independence Day are celebrated on the same date. Many Country Music Songs are very patriotic. Not to be cinfused with International Country Music Day, which is celebrated in September. It was created by the Country Music Deejay Association in the 1950s to honor “The Father of Country Music”, Jimmie Rodgers. The genre has become so popular they now have venues to honor many Country Musicians, the Grand Ole Opry and the County Music Hall of Fame.
How to celebrate – Find you favorite country music artist and listen to them all day. See how many country music artists you can name. Discover how many songs are sung about trucks or breakups.
The 4th of July, 1776 is perhaps the most important day in American history. The day we declared our freedom from England. Of course it didn’t come to an end for 8 years but then good things come to those who wait. In 1783 the waiting was over (the war actually started in 1775).
Over the years the 4th of July has become a collage of fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches designed to help us know what we need to do to be great again.
Well, maybe remembering where we come from, what we have accomplished, and how we turned a few colonies into a nation would help. Back in the time when our heroes were real people and our actions spoke louder than some politicians blowing hot air. No, we haven’t always been right, but then who has? We have been the best we could be, and considering all, that’s been pretty good.
Oddly, it was the French government who helped us win our freedom, mainly to get back at the English. Still had it not been for them we probably would not have won. Then the people of France took our example and overthrew their government to win freedom for themselves. That really didn’t work out so well. Then in 1875 the French began building a statue for us, the Statue of Liberty, which wasn’t dedicated until 1886.
How to celebrate: Enjoy some fireworks but remember why we do them. Give a vet a sincere thank you. Have an old time picnic with the family.