As Independence Day, more commonly known as the 4th of July draws near, it’s so important that we take the time to recognize the significance of the holiday. As 5th Graders, we sit through history lessons and learn about the tremendous journey the generations before us went through to develop our unshakeable nation. Unfortunately, we now have the show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” to provide the embarrassing reality that as time goes on many of us forget some of the important things we have learned throughout our lives. Thus it can’t hurt to have a brief reminder of history of this very personal and relevant day.
The roots of the day date back to the American Revolution. On July 4, 1776 the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. Although the vote for independence actually took place two days earlier, July 4th became the day that would recognize the birth of America as an independent nation.
The first few years following the birth of the holiday, July 4th was heavy with recognition. On July 4, 1777, the very first annual commemoration of independence was held in Philadelphia, in 1778, George Washington celebrated the day by issuing double rations of rum to his soldiers, and in 1781 Massachusetts became the first state to make July 4th a state holiday.
After the Revolutionary War ended, the holiday became a key platform for politicians to speak to the communities and create unity. Then when America entered the War of 1812 against Great Britain, the holiday once again became a huge patriotic rally point and gained immense popularity. In 1870, the 4th of July was finally named a federal holiday and in 1941 the day became a paid holiday to all federal employees.
The holiday is still heavily celebrated throughout the United States as a symbol of patriotism. Many of us celebrate our freedom as we sit outside with friends and family and barbeque. Our flag flies above us with pride as we drink a cold one, and watch beautiful red, white, and blue fireworks.
As we enjoy the holiday, we must always remember to take time on this day of leisure to appreciate the past. Perhaps the birth of the ever-popular beer and BBQ celebrations so many of us enjoy today, originated with Washington’s double rations of rum to his soldiers. Those of us who are fortunate enough to celebrate our independence at home should remember that thousands were once drinking their extra rum on the battle field, and that there are so many still fighting for us at home and overseas.
As a family owned and operated business, we feel red, white, and blue are the perfect colors to depict the culture our store. They represent the idea that as long as we are willing to work hard, the freedom our country provides will allow us to reach our dreams. Our dream has been to provide for and serve the central valley and we have been doing so since 1946. From the beginning, the American Flag has flown outside the Crescent Work & Outdoor building as a symbol of our appreciation and pride in the United State of America.
Please join us in patriotism this 4th of July with a new American flag at a great price. If you bring in your old American flag, you will receive 20% OFF your new flag. We will take all old flag to a local Boy Scout Troop on July 5, 2012 to be properly disposed.