Happy 4th of July. Hope you have a fun and safe 4th. The 4th of July has evolved in a time to spend with family and friends enjoying an extra day off. Fireworks and cookouts for some excessive drinking are associated with the 4th of July. This got me thinking about the 4th of July and its meaning.

Every year we celebrate our country’s independence from Great Britain. The Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence 4 July 1776 in Philadelphia. The first public reading of the Declaration occurred 8 July 1776 in Philadelphia. To learn more about the Fourth of July Celebrations check out Professor James R. Heintz on-line database about the 4th of July.

doi.jpgSo what about the signers of the Declaration of Independence? One organization promotes the idea that the majority of the Signers faced a life of hardship due to their willingness to take a stand. There is also an email that floats around this time of the year making several claims. According to my research this just isn’t true. TruthOrFiction.com has a nice discourse discussing the validity of the email. USHistory.org and ColonialHall.com have a biographies of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Have a safe and fun 4th. — DH

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