Fourth of July Then VS. Now
The fourth of July is tomorrow! It seems the year flies by with so much going on, I’m a mommy of two, I go to school, and work full time. Yesterday I was thinking to myself, What does the Fourth of July really mean? Today it’s BBQs and a chance for families together, but I feel we have lost the real reason we are celebrating. Generations have also lost the history and just celebrate it or use it for a tipsy holiday.
What is the Fourth of July?
On July 4,1176 the thirteen colonies claimed independence from England in an event that lead to the formation of the United States. This was a HUGE day for our country, as it was the birth of what we call the United States today. There was conflict between the colonies and England for a year already when the colonies decided to come together and create a continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.” On July 1, 1776, the Continental Congress reconvened, and on the following day, the Lee Resolution for independence was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies, New York was not voting. Discussions of Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence resulted in some minor changes. Revision occurred on the document throughout the 3rd until late afternoon July 4th when the Declaration was officially adopted. Of the 13 colonies, nine voted in favor of the Declaration, two — Pennsylvania and South Carolina — voted No, Delaware was undecided and New York abstained. John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence.
How do we Celebrate Today?
On the fourth of July, several families will gather together and enjoy a nice BBQ followed with a burst of colorful fireworks. On this day they will tap Philadelphia’s renowned Liberty Bell 13 times, in honor of the original colonies. Our family gathers together in one location with hotdogs, a mixed drink in hand, and we watch the fireworks or will drive to see fireworks. The biggest thing I’ve noticed is how much we forget about why we are celebrating. Did you know our country spends about $227.3 million on fireworks? Did you know that we purchase the fireworks from China?!
The following is a graphic made by Daytona Toyota to show the Then Vs. Now of the Fourth of July!