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  posted on 7/3/2009 at 08:12 AM

I'm off, and I guess we will do the cook out thing and swim all day.


We will shoot puny fireworks and the folks that live in the Mansion behind us will put on a fireworks show like you would see at a stadium. I'm always afraid they will burn the woods and our house down. Sparks will be flying through the tree's.


Hope you all have a great 4th and remember :

All the below stuff is from wiki, so I hope it's correct..haha.

In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.


Background :

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
“ The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more. ”

Adams' prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.

One of the most enduring myths about Independence Day is that Congress signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The myth had become so firmly established that, decades after the event and nearing the end of their lives, even the elderly Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had come to believe that they and the other delegates had signed the Declaration on the fourth. Most delegates actually signed the Declaration on August 2, 1776. In a remarkable series of coincidences, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two founding fathers of the United States and the only two men who signed the Declaration of Independence to become president, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the United States' 50th anniversary. President James Monroe died exactly five years later, on July 4, 1831, but he was not a signatory to the Declaration of Independence.

* In 1777, thirteen gunshots were fired, once at morning and again as evening fell, on July 4 in Bristol, Rhode Island. Philadelphia celebrated the first anniversary in a manner a modern American would find quite familiar: an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks. Ships were decked with red, white, and blue bunting.[11]
* In 1778, General George Washington marked July 4 with a double ration of rum for his soldiers and an artillery salute. Across the Atlantic Ocean, ambassadors John Adams and Benjamin Franklin held a dinner for their fellow Americans in Paris, France.

Observance:

* In 1779, July 4 fell on a Sunday. The holiday was celebrated on Monday, July 5.
* In 1781, the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration.
* In 1783, Moravians in Salem, North Carolina, held a celebration of July 4 with a challenging music program assembled by Johann Friedrich Peter. This work was titled "The Psalm of Joy".
* In 1791 the first recorded use of the name "Independence Day" occurred.
* In 1870, the U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees.
* In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.

Customs

Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Similar to other summer-themed events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors. Independence Day is a federal holiday, so all non-essential federal institutions (like the postal service and federal courts) are closed on that day. Many politicians make it a point on this day to appear at a public event to praise the nation's heritage, laws, history, society, and people.

Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue and take advantage of the day off and, in some years, long weekend to gather with relatives. Decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades often are in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.

Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner", "God Bless America", "America the Beautiful", "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "This Land Is Your Land", "Stars and Stripes Forever", and, regionally, "Yankee Doodle" in northeastern states and "Dixie" in southern states. Some of the lyrics recall images of the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812.

Firework shows are held in many states, and many fireworks are sold for personal use or as an alternative to a public show. Safety concerns have led some states to ban fireworks or limit the sizes and types allowed. Illicit traffic transfers many fireworks from less restrictive states.

A salute of one gun for each state in the United States, called a “salute to the union,” is fired on Independence Day at noon by any capable military base.

Major displays are held in New York on the East River, in Chicago on Lake Michigan, in San Diego over Mission Bay, in Boston on the Charles River, in St. Louis on the Mississippi River, and on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. During the annual Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival, Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, host one of the world's largest fireworks displays, over the Detroit River, to celebrate both American Independence Day and Canada Day.

While the official observance always falls on July 4th, participation levels may vary according to which day of the week the 4th falls on. If the holiday falls in the middle of the week, some fireworks displays and celebrations may take place during the weekend for convenience, again, varying by region.


Unique or historical celebrations


Originally entitled Yankee Doodle, this is one of several versions of a scene painted by A. M. Willard that came to be known as The Spirit of '76. Often imitated or parodied, it is a familiar symbol of American patriotism.

* Held since 1785, the Bristol Fourth of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States.
* Since 1912, the Rebild Society, a Danish-American friendship organization, has held a July 4th weekend festival that serves as a homecoming for Danish-Americans in the Rebild section of Denmark.
* Since 1916, Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City supposedly started as a way to settle a dispute among four immigrants as to who was the most patriotic.
* Since 1959, the International Freedom Festival is jointly held in Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario during the last week of June each year as a mutual celebration of Independence Day and Canada Day (July 1). It culminates in a large fireworks display over the Detroit River.
* Numerous major and minor league baseball games are played on Independence Day.
* The famous Macy's fireworks display over the East River in New York City has been televised nationwide on NBC since 1976.
* Since 1970, the annual 10 kilometer Peachtree Road Race is held in Atlanta, Georgia.
* Since 1973, the Boston Pops Orchestra hosts a music and fireworks show over the Charles River Esplanade. In recent years it too is televised nationwide as “Pops Goes the Fourth.”
* On the Capitol lawn in Washington, D.C., “A Capitol Fourth,” a free concert, precedes the fireworks and attracts over half a million people annually.



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  posted on 7/3/2009 at 08:27 AM
Our holiday is Monday.
I may work tomorrow and Sunday if they offer it up.
Won't know till tonight.
Usual keep us waiting until ther last minute bull **** .
If I don't work tomorrow I'll probably go to New Jersey and show Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayahi a picture of Ted Nugent and start off a gigantic barforama !

 

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  posted on 7/3/2009 at 08:31 AM
Yup, today is our paid Holiday! Headed to my cousins annual BBQ tomorrow. Everyone have fun and be safe!

 

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  posted on 7/3/2009 at 08:33 AM
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Happy 4th of July folks !!!!
You too, Kenny! What time does the swimming start and can I bring anything to the cookout?

I'm oncall this week (not sure how THAT happened ) so I'll be 'winging it' 4th-wise. Not off work today OR tomorrow. My nephew has a yearly party and if I can get a connection over there on my laptop I'm there for the duration. (Otherwise, he only lives about 2 minutes away and I'll likely be doing a lot of driving back and forth during the day. ) He is a major grill master so will have something delicious going on his grills and everybody else brings other yummy stuff. They just got an ice cream maker so I'm pretty sure it will be put to use, also. They live next to a small park that has a great volleyball court so there will be that (which I may or may not play with them because they play in leagues and are all take-no-prisoners and are well, 20+ years younger than me! ) It will be a collection of many of their friends and many of my sisters and my friends and there will be food, friends, music, beverages, games, and is always fun. Not sure if he made his annual trip across the border for fireworks (I didn't this year because of that work thing) but if so there will be some fireworks in the back yard. And after dark there is a golf course between his house and mine that puts on a great fireworks display every year so we'll be chilling in the back yard for some ooooohhhhh - ahhhhhhhh moments while watching those.



[Edited on 7/3/2009 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 7/3/2009 at 08:36 AM
Thanks susea and lolasdeb for the Welcome!

off today getting reay for racing and fireworks @ daytona

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  posted on 7/3/2009 at 08:45 AM
I have to work the whole weekend! The good news is I get an extra day of annual time to use later.
 

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  posted on 7/3/2009 at 08:46 AM
Off today and am going to see the Yankees for the afternoon. Not sure what the rest of the Holiday weekend holds - but bring it on!
Have a great, safe weekend!!!

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  posted on 7/3/2009 at 08:52 AM
Been off all week long...

My plans for the next three days are...

Cook (inside) . Too hot outside
Drink beer
Take a nap
Do crossword puzzle
Go to facebook
Check myspace
drink some more beer
take a nap
Go see one of my favorite local bands tonight


 

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  posted on 7/3/2009 at 08:59 AM
I have to work today, even though the courts are closed and all other lawyers and staff in this county are not working, my boss does not take holidays off except for one day at Christmas and Thanksgiving, bummer...............

Guess I will be working Labor Day as well.....................

But, tomorrow John and I, along with my other 4 sisters and their families, are getting together for a cook out to celebrate my dad's 75th birthday tomorrow and to celebrate the 4th as well!

 

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  posted on 7/3/2009 at 09:08 AM
I have today off but have to work tommorow and Sunday. rest of the family is going up north dont know what to do

 

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  posted on 7/3/2009 at 10:23 AM
I am off for the 3 day weekend but I have the flu.
I am doing nothing....It seems to always work out that I am sick on my off days.
The rest of the family will be going to the lake with the boat. Oh well....a bad day off is better than a good day at work.

 

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Today is a paid holiday. Tomorrow we are going to Coveleski Stadium for a day of great music featuring Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Bob Dylan, with fireworks after the show.
 

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Today is a paid holiday. Tomorrow we are going to Coveleski Stadium for a day of great music featuring Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Bob Dylan, with fireworks after the show.


Sounds like a damn fun day !!!

 

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  posted on 7/3/2009 at 11:59 AM

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  posted on 7/3/2009 at 12:20 PM
Have to work today. Our office doesn't have any scheduled time off for the 4th this year, but we get a floating holiday to use later in the year. I'm using mine on Monday.

I think I'm going to a BBQ tomorrow, but I have to check. Mets/Phillies on Sunday!

Everyone have a good holiday weekend.

[Edited on 7/3/2009 by michaelsio]

 

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  posted on 7/3/2009 at 01:01 PM
Working today, but not too much....I mean I'm posting here right? Fireworks in my town are tonight, so we're having some people over for a cookout and I have a great view from my deck and pool. Picnic tomorrow, recuperate Sunday.

Have a great weekend everybody!!

 

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  posted on 7/3/2009 at 01:04 PM
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Mets/Phillies on Sunday!

Everyone have a good holiday weekend.

[Edited on 7/3/2009 by michaelsio]


I appreciate the Phillies allowing the Braves to have that 3 game sweep.

 

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Mets/Phillies on Sunday!

Everyone have a good holiday weekend.

[Edited on 7/3/2009 by michaelsio]


I appreciate the Phillies allowing the Braves to have that 3 game sweep.

We do what we can.

 

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  posted on 7/3/2009 at 08:19 PM
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Mets/Phillies on Sunday!

Everyone have a good holiday weekend.

[Edited on 7/3/2009 by michaelsio]


I appreciate the Phillies allowing the Braves to have that 3 game sweep.
Did you see the wild pitch and the Phillie runner was thrown out at the plate?

 
 


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