Independence Day Gardening, History & Facts
Independence Day Gardening Ideas or Gifts
Here are some ideas for Independence Day gifts:
- Independence Nectarine
- Firecracker Apple
- Freedom Apple
- Liberty Apple
- Liberty Blueberry
- Patriot Blueberry
- Firecracker Strawberry
What day is Independence Day?
The United States will observe Independence Day on Monday, July 4th, 2016. Almost all government buildings are closed on July 4th, and many businesses are closed as well. Independence Day is also known as the 4th of July, or July 4th, or the Fourth of July.
What Is Independence Day?
Many, if not most of the American colonists left the Old World with the hope that the New World might offer more opportunities to worship God the way they wanted, to keep more of the fruits of their labors, and to enjoy more general freedom and liberty than the Old World. For the most part, they were right. But as the years passed, the clutches of Great Britain slowly eroded more and more of the liberties that Americans were accustomed to living. The accelerating subjugation of the colonists in America increasingly became more of an issue. In the years before the American Revolution, the colonists’ peaceful grievances to King George were mostly ignored while he continued his encroachments. Armed confrontations soon followed, which escalated to full-blown war—the 13 colonies against the mightiest military on Earth. After over six years of fighting, and maybe around 90,000 killed and countless more maimed, the bloodshed finally ended. That war was not funded by the limitless federal government that we have today. It was fought by volunteers—who were devastated. Around 5% of the white free men living in America were killed, and George Washington was paid nothing for his years of military service. Two years later, the peace treaty was signed by Great Britain and the new nation.
History of Independence Day
John Adams, one of America’s Founding Fathers, declared that the day of American Independence, “…will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival” and that the celebration should include “Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.” He was referring however, to the date that the Continental Congress voted in favor of Richard Lee’s resolution for independence, July 2nd, rather than the date that they voted in favor of adopting Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence on July 4th. At any rate, Americans today celebrate our independence on July 4th.
Ever since the first summer when The Declaration of Independence was signed, American’s have been celebrating our nation’s independence. The first formal celebration noted in the history books took place July 4th, 1777 in Philadelphia. And in 1781, Massachusetts became the first state to declare it an official state holiday.
In 1776 an unknown American proposed a motto for the United States’ Seal. It read, “Rebellion to tyrants is Obedience to God.” Some attribute the motto to Benjamin Franklin, others to Thomas Jefferson, but most simply admit that the author is unknown. The Father of The Declaration of Independence, Jefferson liked the motto so much that later he adopted it as his own personal motto.
Independence Day officially became a national holiday in 1870, but ever since the Liberty Bell first rang her chime for a free nation on July 4th, 1776, the people of the U.S.A. have recognized July 4th as the date we established our nation’s independence.
Who started Independence Day?
Congress passed a bill in 1870 to make it an official American holiday. The bill was passed into law solely through the authority of the congress.
What To Do For Independence Day?
Most Americans celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, barbecues, get-togethers with friends and family, parades, speeches, outdoor concerts, and other outdoor activities. Many, especially those who have lived in countries which stand in stark contrast to America, add a little more meaning to their observance by displaying the American Flag and singing the Star-Spangled Banner.
Since its creation, the Declaration of Independence has spread the message of self-government, freedom, and liberty throughout the Earth. The Liberty Bell’s hymn of freedom has reverberated to the farthest corners of the Earth making the people of the world more free than ever before to worship God the way one sees fit.
America’s Founding Fathers could have done as other powerful men have done throughout history and set themselves up as parasitic despots, indulging themselves on the fruits of their countrymen. Instead, they pledged their lives, fortunes, and their sacred honor for their fellows. We, and all of humanity are the beneficiaries of their sacrifices.
Since the American War of Independence, numerous other countries have drafted similar documents as part of their own strivings for freedom. The American Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the American Flag have become worldwide symbols for the struggle of people everywhere breaking the shackles of bondage and standing erect as a free men, not merely for oneself, but more importantly, to secure the blessings of liberty to our posterity.
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