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Land of the Free: A Fourth of July Celebration

Happy Independence Day, America!

Ever wondered how our founders envisioned celebrating this all-important American holiday? You might be surprised! Let’s find out what’s special about the 4th of July.

Star Spangled Banner Postcard
Vintage Star Spangled Banner Postcard

A Brief History of Independence Day

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence, marking the birth of the United States of America. However, this wasn't the day independence was declared or when the Declaration was signed. It was the day we officially adopted the document that laid down our nation's founding principles.

How Did Our Founders Envision Independence Day Celebrations?

John Adams, one of our Founding Fathers, hoped future Americans would celebrate with parades, games, and fireworks. He imagined a day filled with fun rather than military displays. On July 18, 1777, Philadelphia celebrated with fireworks, ringing bells, and universal joy and gladness. Over time, especially after the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson on July 4, 1826, these celebrations became more common. In 1870, Congress declared July 4 a national holiday.

Refresh Your Memory: The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson with help from Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, is one of the most important documents in U.S. history. Adopted on July 4, 1776, it famously declares, "All men are created equal... with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

5 US Founding Fathers
Founding Fathers of the United States of America

More Fourth of July History

  • On July 4, 1884, the Statue of Liberty was presented to the United States by France.

  • On July 4, 1911, record hot temperatures were set in New England.

Celebrating the Fourth of July

In the United States, Independence Day is a federal holiday filled with parades, concerts, outdoor feasts, and fireworks. Here are five ways to get ready for the Fourth of July!

  • Fly the Flag: Even if you don’t have a flagpole, you can use a flag mount on your front porch! Before you display the Stars and Stripes, make sure you know the proper flag etiquette.

  • Work in the Yard and Garden: Take advantage of the day to beautify your yard and garden. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy the summer weather while making your home look festive. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to plant new flowers or add patriotic touches.

landscaping with rainbow rocks
Beautiful Blooming Landscape with Rainbow Rock

  • Play Games: Whether you’re young or just young at heart, break out some fun games like cornhole, horseshoes, croquet, or even a board game on the porch. If you’re heading to a Fourth of July gathering, bring some games to share and pass the time until the fireworks begin.

  • Enjoy Fireworks: Whether you’re using small items like poppers and sparklers or attending a big fireworks show, keep the tradition alive. Kids especially love sparklers! Just remember to supervise them and have safety measures like a fire extinguisher ready.

  • Stay Cool and Bug-Free: Make sure you have sunscreen, hats or shades, plenty of drinking water, and bug repellent if you’ll be outside. Check out our tips for non-toxic bug repellents and easy home remedies for mosquito bites.

sparklers spelling out July 4
Sparkles are Cool!

Celebrate with Family and in the Garden

The best way to celebrate this special day is by enjoying time with family and tending to your garden. It’s a perfect way to embrace the joys of freedom and nature. Transforming your landscape into a serene and low-maintenance haven is effortless with Sundance Rockery's exquisite selection of soil, stone, and bark. Elevate your outdoor space, minimize tedious weeding and upkeep, and create a tranquil retreat perfect for celebrating life's joyful moments!

Celebrate with fun, joy, and family! Happy Independence Day!

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