July 1st starts one of the busiest vacation weeks across America. Independence Day celebrated on July 4th is a federal holiday that allows most everyone a day off work and school. All federal offices are closed. The holiday along with the mild summer weather is the perfect time for easy travels or a casual “picnic”. Warm temperatures and extra hours of daylight add to the fun.
The tradition of the celebration of the birth of American began on July 4th, 1776 when the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence. The document was signed by fifty-six delegates from the original thirteen colonies at various times, severing their political connections to Great Britain.
Benjamin Franklin, one of the signers and also recognized as a Founding Father of American you might say was sort of a “Social Media” buff of his time. In the year 1721 at the age of 16, Franklin founded a weekly newspaper, wrote obituaries and eventually became a master of the printer’s trade. He is also known for his writing in Poor Richard’s Almanac.
As a scientist, his experiment with a key attached to the string of a kite proved that lightning was electrical in nature. On a June afternoon in 1752, an awaited thunderstorm in Philadelphia offered him the perfect day to go fly a kite.
If our founding fathers re-appeared today they would see fireworks light up the skies across the land on July 4th. The grand finale of the show with the sound of cherry bombs and the crackling of dragon eggs would have them wondering if an “asteroid” was on its way to the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
God Bless America
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