Have a wonderful 4th of July!
And never forget what this day signifies…..
The United States Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, announcing that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were no longer a part of the British Empire. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration was a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America—Independence Day—is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.
Contrary to a once-common misconception, Congress did not sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. First published as a printed broadside, the famous handwritten version was created after July 19, and was signed by most Congressional delegates on August 2. This copy, usually regarded as the Declaration of Independence, is now on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Wellllll, not exactly. You see, the little known true story is that the Declaration was all written and ready to go on the 4th. However, one member of the Congress was a bit too enthusiastic and signed his name a little too large to suit the other members. I know what you were thinking, but no, it wasn’t John Hancock. Hancock was just trying to be a big shot, remembered how awesome the signature had been, and decided to write his name flamboyantly, too. Well, instead of a lot of words, I will just show you the evidence….
Original painting by John Trumbull.
Have fun, but please stay safe, dear Raisinettes!
17 responses to “Happy Independence Day!”
Happy Independence Day, Nonnie!
Oh my, how seditious. Whassamatta with those libural long hairs anyways?
thank you, dcup! to you and to your lovely family as well, sweetie! be safe!
those damned hippies! it’s all their fault if anyone gets hurt by fireworks tonight!
happy independence day to all raisinettes! and raisin-guy-fans too!
it’s less than 200 days . . . . .
raisinette is all-encompassing, jenn. it refers to both sexes. hope you had a wonderful 4th. did the kids get to see fireworks?
they had fireworks of their own in front of the house – and husband took them swimming earlier – and we all snacked all day. not our usual holiday stuff, but i am trying to pack! and finish all this stuff!
Good morning. seems that I’m always late. Pretty uneventful 4th, in these parts, except that the neighbors, of the people I was visiting, caught their patio unbrella on fire with a Roman candal. It was quickly extinguished and a good time was had by all.
I didn’t take the kids to the fireworks. I didn’t feel like getting into all of that traffic. Instead their Grandmother grilled some hot dogs and hamburgers and we had a nice quiet evening at home.
It was a rainy fourth here. I haven’t heard if they were even able to set off the fireworks in the town we normally travel to for them. It sounds as if everyone had a safe holiday – and, I imagine, a very thoughtful one. That’s what’s most important.
I loved reading about how Bush was heckled during his last Independence Day speech! The countdown continues…
a burning patio umbrella sounds quite exciting! 😮 glad everyone was safe.
i think chimpy sucked the life out of this country to the point where nobody celebrates the 4th like they used to. maybe nobody can afford to celebrate. they are busy at their third job instead of watching the fireworks.
it has done nothing but rain here, too, and the trend continues today. i have to go to a kid’s bday party tomorrow in a park. i don’t know what’s going to happen if it rains.
Well Nonnie, it will go something like this:
Rifraff: You’re wet.
Janet: Yes, it’s raining.
I don’t know why but I still think that’s one of the funniest exchanges I’ve ever seen in a movie.
if i tell you a secret, will you promise not to tell anyone?
i have only seen that movie once, and it was on tv, with commercials and the usual cuts. i am not even sure if i saw the entire thing. one of these days, i am going to have to rent it and watch it all the way through.
I first saw it in a theater in Beaumont, Texas in 1979 (midnight showing) with my then girlfriend. We were there with all of the folks in costume. I don’t know if she was more apalled by the behavior of the patrons or the horrible stuff (in her opinion) that went on in the movie. Probably one of the many reasons our relationship went nowhere. I really have a knack for picking women with little to no sense of humor. Anyway, although I didn’t get into the whole role playing thing, I’ve seen it many times and think it’s one of the funniest movies ever.
Don’t worry Nonnie, your secret is safe with me and I won’t post it on a blog or anything like that.
i knew i could count on you, jeb. i will tell you some really dirty intimate secrets later on, because now i know i can trust you. i would tell you now, but i have some work to do. 🙂
OK, I’ll put my fingers in my ears.