Month: July 2016

Fireworks, Freedom, and Home of the Brave, Oh My!

Unlike the actual movie Independence Day, there won’t be any aliens from outer space coming to attack our planet today, even though we would all love Bill Pullman to stand on the back of an army truck and say with a thunderous voice “…the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: We will not go quietly into the night!” But this Independence Day will not be celebrated with the destruction of an alien invasion, but celebrated as much as it has always been since 1777. The first celebration of freedom and independence took place on July 4, 1777, a year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, in Philadelphia with a salute of thirteen cannon shots, fireworks, and street parades. But it is not July 4th that we should be celebrating, but July 2nd. The actual document was written on June 28, 1776 but was not presented until July 1, 1776. The actual signing took place the next day with …