The 4th of July Independence Day
Some of the greatest things about being an American are celebrated on the 4th of July every year
and some of them are so deeply rooted that no one has any idea where they came from.
Most enjoy a day off work, fireworks, cookouts, friends, family and fun. Some would say this has diluted and devalued the holiday meant to celebrate the birthday of our nation.
I tend to disagree however.
What do you like to do on your birthday? Well if at all possible, whatever the hell you want, right?
Where did these traditions come from? Well let’s take a look.
- The firework displays tie right back to the imagery in a line from The Star Spangled Banner. In 1777, Philadelphia celebrated the first anniversary in a manner a modern American would find quite familiar: an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun Salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks. Ships in port were decked with red, white, and blue bunting.
- One may also look back to 1778 when, then, General George Washington marked The 4th of July with a double ration of rum to his men and an artillery salute. The night before The 4th was once the high point of the celebration with large gatherings often incorporating bonfires as their centerpiece. Towns in New England would even compete to see who could build the largest pyramid from barrels and casks.
The 4th of July is and always will be a day of celebration for those of us in the United States of America.
However you choose to celebrate, we wish you a Happy Independance Day from Gallant Bullets!