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In a few days there will be back yard barbecues, family picnics, parades and a lot of fireworks celebrating the 4th of July, Independence Day. As a child I loved going with my family to watch the fireworks. We lived in upstate New York at the time and my earliest memory was around five years old. My mom would prepare a lot of snacks and we would go to our local park and play, returning to our picnic blanket just in time for the fireworks display.
On a side note, my birthday was supposed to be on July 4th, but the doctor apparently wanted the day off, so July 2nd it is! Did you know that the actual vote by Congress for Independence happened on July 2, 1776? “John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826–the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.” History.com
The Star Spangled Banner written by Frances Scott Key didn’t officially become our National Anthem until 1931. I love this version of The Star Spangled Banner by Madison Rising. I hope you enjoy it! Happy 4th of July!
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The picture above is of my two sweet grandchildren! We were just with them last week and wish we could be there this weekend. What are your plans for the 4th of July? Are there any traditions that your family does to celebrate Independence Day? Please share in the comments below. Have a safe and Happy 4th!