Friday, June 30, 2017

Fourth of July: Fun Facts

July 4th is a national holiday that celebrates the signing and approval of the Declaration of Independence. But did you know these fun facts about the patriotic holiday?

Fact 1: Festivities for the first celebration of Independence Day included concerts, bonfires, parades and the firing of cannons and muskets as well as public readings of the Declaration of Independence.
Fact 2: Philadelphia held the first annual ‘Commemoration of Independence’ on July 4, 1777.
Fact 3: Another early celebration included firing 13 gunshots as a salute to the 13 original colonies.
Fact 4: The Fourth of July was not declared by Congress to be a paid federal holiday until 1941.
Fact 5: The night before the Fourth was once the focal point of celebrations, marked by boisterous gatherings often incorporating bonfires as their centerpiece.

Many celebratory traditions have remained the same, with fireworks, outdoor activities, barbecues, and family gatherings. The tradition of the gun salute is also still carried out to this day; it is usually done at noon by a capable military base, with a salute of one gun for each of the 50 states in the US.

Independence Day has become a major focus of leisure activities and a common occasion for family get-togethers. But it should not be forgotten that this day is to celebrate freedom, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!




Please note: Rothco will be closed on Monday & Tuesday, July 3rd & 4th 2017, in observance of Independence Day. Rothco will re-open on Wednesday, July 5th.




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