Hello, all! And a Happy Independence Day to all Americans, from Rose and myself - Sasha the tooth-fairy. Thursday is blog day, and what a great opportunity this is for me to explore a little history; namely the history of American independence, of course!
Independence Day is a very important day for the ‘U. S. of A’. It is celebrated every year on the 4th of July, and is more commonly referred to as just that - ‘The Fourth of July’. This day represents the anniversary of the ‘Publication of the Declaration of Independence’, when America officially declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776.
The declaration was basically a list of ideals for this great independence - the four most important of these ideals being:
~ Consent of the Governed
~ The unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness
~ The Right of the People to alter or abolish the Government
When writing the Declaration, it was Thomas Jefferson who mentioned that these were the four ideals that ‘shaped, and would continue to shape, all of The United States' history.’
The United States Declaration of Independence was a statement that the Continental Congress adopted on July 4th, 1776; one that announced that the thirteen American colonies that were at war with Great Britain up until that time would no longer be a part of the British Empire. All of this happened at the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House - known now as ‘Independence Hall’ - in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (which happens to be Rose’s home state)!
Every year since 1776 Americans have celebrated this day, the birth of American independence, with a number of family-orientated festivities ranging from fireworks and parades, to music concerts and more casual family gatherings and ‘barbecues’.
Here’s a video of an Independence Day parade through Philadelphia:
A survey was done to find out exactly what it is that most Americans do on this day. It was interesting to see that 66% of the people plan on a cookout or picnic with family and friends, and tend to spend an average of $74.00 per person just on food (I didn’t know one human could even eat so much food in one week, let alone one day)!
65% of the people own a U.S. flag and put great effort and pride into displaying it. 53% of the people wear patriotic-themed clothing from socks to T-shirts and bathing-suits, shoes and hats to pins and coats – you name it - if it can be worn it will be!
44% of Americans aim to attend some or other fireworks show or community celebration in their area, and 14% plan to watch a fun and creative parade like the one in the video above.
Without a doubt, all patriotic Americans will sing the American National Anthem at least once throughout the day, too! You can sing along to it by watching this video (sing as loud as you like!):
Well, I’ve learned quite a bit about Independence Day in the U.S. by writing this blog for you today! We would love to see any pictures or hear any stories you might want to share with us about your day. You can post them in the comments on Rose’s Facebook page, or you can send them to me via my subscribe page on her website.
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY from Rose, myself, and all the staff at Eagle Crest Pediatric Dentistry.