Red, White and BOOM!

3 Jul

Everyone loves fireworks, but how did they get to play such a lead role in the 4th of July??

The 4th of July, aka Independence Day, is the day we remember the Declaration of Independence. Fireworks originated in China many many many years ago, but the have been a part of 4th of July celebration since the birth of our nation! On July 3, 1776 (the day before the Declaration was adopted!) John Adams wrote a letter to his wife saying the 4th of July should be celebrated with, “..illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.” **Fireworks used to be called illuminations!!

In 2012, the United States imported $218.5 million worth of fireworks from China.. Wonder what most of them were used for??! Red, white BOOM!

Fireworks

Here are some more FUN FACTS about the 4th of July that may help make this year’s celebrations a little more special!

–       Two of America’s presidents (John Adams, left, and Thomas Jefferson, right) signed the Declaration of Independence. They both passed away on the 50th anniversary of the signing, July 4, 1826, making the date even more significant!

JeffersonandAdams

–       The 4th of July is commonly associated with BBQ’s, cookouts, parties, fireworks, concerts, baseball games and everything AMERICAN!

Baseball

–       56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson was considered the best writer and composed most of the document!

–       59 places in the United States have the word “liberty” in the name!

–       1 place in the USA is named “patriot.” Patriot, Indiana has an estimated population of 209!

Wrapsody also wanted to share one of our favorite/ easiest recipes for a 4th of July treat! (*recipe and picture from sweetpeapartydesigns.com)

BrownieFruitKabobs

What you’ll need:

*Cooled brownie pieces

*Pint of strawberries, washed and hulled

*Pint of blueberries, washed

*Large marshmallows

*Bamboo/wooden skewers.

*Drizzle them with fudge sauce, and you’ve just “upped” the awesomeness.

 

So at this year’s 4th of July celebration, while you are enjoying your brownie and fruit kabob at a baseball game with a fireworks show at the end, (OK, maybe not all at once.. but however you are spending Independence Day) remember how great it is to live in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!

USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!USA! USA!

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