Happy 4th of July from everyone at BeansTalk!
Have a safe and (mostly) sane holiday! The news returns tomorrow, 5 July 2006.
Reason We Celebrate Fourth of July:
To celebrate the independence of the
History of Fourth of July (U.S):
Fourth of July was first celebrated on
Fourth of July was declared a legal holiday in 1941.
The 13 Colonies were
1801- The first public Fourth of July reception at the White House occured
1804- The first Fourth of July celebration west of the
1876- Centennial celebrations (many are three-day celebrations, 3-5 July) occur throughout the
1884- The formal presentation of the Statue of Liberty takes place in the Gauthier workshop in
1887- First Fourth of July celebration in
1912- The new national flag with 48 stars is "formally and officially endowed"
1926- The 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence takes place throughout the nation
1960- The 50th-star American flag waves for the first time as
1976- The nation's Bicentennial occurs.
Betsy Ross sewed it, but who designed the first
The stars on the flag were in a circle so that no one colony would be viewed above another. It is reported that George Washington said, "Let the 13 stars in a circle stand as a new constellation in the heavens."
Betsy Ross prayed in the pew next to George Washington and was a niece of George Ross, so it's not hard to believe that the members of the Flag Committee formed by the Continental Congress would call upon Betsy Ross to make the flag.
Did you know that the words "Under God" weren't added until 1954 to the Pledge of Allegiance?
One lucky Philadelphian purchased a $4.00 picture at a flea market. What they found behind the picture was an original 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence. It was sold to TV producer Norman Lear for 8.1 million.
Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell is tapped - not actually rung.