Red, White and Blue to Ring in Fourth of July Weekend

July 2, 2016

This upcoming weekend there is reason to celebrate! It’s the Fourth of July, or Independence Day, which has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941. Americans have celebrated the independence of the United States’ and it’s separation from Great Britain since the Declaration of Independence was completed on July 4th, 1776[1]. 
You’ve all heard the history of this monumental event in American, but did you know these fun facts surrounding Independence Day?

  • Athens_flagOne year after the official declaration, Philadelphia celebrated Independence Day 1777 by celebrating with bonfires, bells and fireworks. This custom spread to other towns where picnics, parades, military displays and the like became more and more popular, leading to the present-day celebrations we know and love[2].
  • The last letter Thomas Jefferson, who was on the committee to create the Declaration of Independence, ever wrote was to Roger C. Weightman, declining an invite to attend the 50th anniversary of Independence Day celebration.[2] He was gravely ill and died days later on July 4, 1826[3].
  • Thomas Jefferson wasn’t the only founding father to die on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. John Adams also died on July 4, 1826. Adams’ last words were “Thomas Jefferson still survives”, even though Jefferson had actually died a few hours earlier[4].
  • “Some colonists celebrated by holding mock funerals for King George III, as a way of symbolizing the end of the monarchy’s hold on America and the triumph of liberty.[1]
  • Before the final version was adopted on July 4, 1776, 86 changes were made to the original Declaration of Independence[2].

american-flag-cake-lol240 years later, Americans and their Fourth of July celebrations are as strong as ever – rejoicing with symbols of patriotism, family and togetherness. Fire up the grill for some BBQing and try out these oh-so-delish red, white and blue drinks and desserts to celebrate America’s independence.

What red, white and blue recipes do you use to celebrate Independence Day? Share in the comments below!

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