4TH OF JULY – INDEPENDENCE DAY
You may wonder, “Why do we celebrate the 4th of July? What does it mean?” Well, this day is incredibly significant in American history, as it marks the day the United States officially became its own nation. The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4th, 1776.
American citizens celebrate America’s birthday with festivals, parades, fireworks, barbecues, sparklers, and other festive activities.
If by any chance you’ve ever wonder where the idea of the fireworks on July 4th came from, I think I found the answer:
JOHN ADAMS MAY HAVE BEEN THE FIRST TO SUGGEST FIREWORKS!
Some people think the idea of marking major events with fireworks originated with Founding Father John Adams. In a letter to his wife and political advisor, Abigail, he suggested that “illuminations” be part of the future Independence Day celebrations, the first of which was held in 1777.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE 4TH OF JULY
THREE PRESIDENTES DIED ON JULY 4TH
-THOMAS JEFFERSON— JULY 4TH, 1826
-JOHN ADAMS———— JULY 4TH, 1826
-JAMES MONROE ——- JULY 4TH, 1831
Each year Americans light about 200 million pounds of fireworks! And most of them are imported from China – $247,100,000 worth.
- AMERICANS WILL ENJOY 150 MILLION HOT DOGS DURING THE 4TH
- JULY 4TH WAS NOT DEEMED A FEDERAL HOLIDAY UNTIL 1870, NEARLY 100 YEARS AFTER THE NATION WAS FOUNDED.
Here’s a simple dessert we can make for your gathering this holiday!
1 half g. vanilla ice cream
3 drops red food coloring
3 drops blue food coloring
- Soften ice cream to a soft serve/yogurt texture. Evenly divide ice cream into three bowls.
- Place red food coloring in one bowl and blue food coloring in the other, using a whisk beat each bowl until color is well blended.
- Layer bottom of glass with red ice cream, then plain vanilla and blue ice cream, using long spoon or knife drag it from the bottom to the top, stirring in between to mix the color (do not overmix).
- Optional decorating idea: Finish with whipped cream and red, white and blue confetti