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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Remembering the Start of a Revolution

A depiction of the battle at Concord
July 4th, 1776 is hands down the most famous day in American history; the day that the Continental Congress declared independence from their mother nation of Great Britain. However, the American Revolutionary War was already in full swing by the time independence had been declared. This Sunday, April 19th will mark the 240th year anniversary of the Battles of Lexington & Concord which marked the first engagement of troops between the British and the Colonists in the American Revolution. While remembering and celebrating the birthdate of our nation is of paramount importance to the patriotic American, as a keen lover of history, I find what leads up to the declaration of independence of equal importance.

On April 18th, the British soldiers in Boston were ordered to march to Concord, locate militia ammunition stores, and destroy them. Even before the United States had formed, the idea of being disarmed didn't sit well with the colonists, a sentiment that has echoed throughout history with mantras such as "Don't Tread on Me" and "Come & Take It". Militia gathered throughout the area to counteract the British, first by the dozens, then by the hundreds, by the next day thousands of militiamen had surrounded Boston after the battles of Lexington & Concord. The infamous “shot heard round the world” cannot be attributed to any one man, as accounts of where the first shot came from vary. Perhaps though, who fired the first shot is unimportant because the message of that shot was clear, the British Colonies in America were ready to be free.

It is often forgotten that many colonists opposed an open revolution and up until the battle of Lexington & Concord, many patriots and founding fathers felt that their grievances with British rule were more than a political disagreement with their parent nation. However, after the events of April 19th, 1775 it was evident that a diplomatic resolution was not likely and that the birth of a new nation was imminent.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Rothco's Festival Survival Guide

Summer's approaching which means the "music gets louder; nights get longer, life gets better."

Rothco has the best gear to get you prepared for festivals like Coachella, CounterPoint, Bonnaroo, Firefly, TomorrowWorld and so much more!

Rothco's Festival Survival Guide:

  1. Safety Comes First!
    • First aid kits are essential for any minor cuts, bruises or injuries. 
    • Earplugs, because at some point you'll want to catch up on missed sleep, and well who wants ringing in their ears when they're trying to enjoy their favorite band.
    • And don't forget the insect repellent!
  2. Water
    • When you're spending all day outside in the sun it's easy to get dehydrated. Rothco's Hydration Packs provide convenient and easy access to water. 
  3. Clothes! - Fashion has become an essential aspect of all music festivals. And don't forget to pack some extra clothing for when the weather gets unpredictable. 
  4. Accessories
  5. Camping Gear - Perhaps the most important gear you'll need!
For more great festival survival tips follow our pinterest board "Festival Survival with Rothco" or visit Rothco.com

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