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Happy Independence Day! In 1776 on July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence of King George III and Great Britain, and on July 4th of that year, just two days later, its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, which was written primarily by Thomas Jefferson with 56 signers which included two future presidents: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both of whom died 50 years later on July 4, 1826.

Made in China?:

American Flags

– In 2012 the United States imported $3.8 million American flags from China. Where is your flag from? It’s hardly an American flag if it was made in China. Look for the Made In America logo on the packaging.

The King’s Birthday:

Prior to the Revolution, colonists had held annual celebrations of Kin George III’s birthday, on June 4. These celebrations included the ringing of bells, bonfires, processions and speechmaking.  By contrast, during the summer of 1776 some colonists celebrated the birth of independence by holding mock funerals for King George III, as a way of symbolizing the end of the monarchy’s hold on America and the triumph of liberty. Festivities including concerts, bonfires, parades and the firing of cannons and muskets usually accompanied the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence, beginning immediately after its adoption. Philadelphia held the first annual commemoration of independence on July 4, 1777, while Congress was still occupied with the ongoing war. George Washington issued double rations of rum to all his soldiers to mark the anniversary of independence in 1778, and in 1781, several months before the key American victory at Yorktown, Massachusetts became the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday.

Independence Day Regatta:

Historic Boathouse Row on the banks of the Schuylkill River

The regatta, traditionally held Independence Week, this year the regatta will be held July 3, 4, and 5th on the Schuykill River in Philadelphia, PA. The first run of the regatta was held circa 1880, and was called the People’s Regatta until 1958 when it was renamed the Independence Day Regatta as a result of the anti-communist sentiments at the time. The length of the course is a mile and a half, with 1,045 boats (down from last year’s 1,189 boats) with 14 time trials and 220 races, 2,856 seats, 1,800 athletes, 98 clubs from 70 cities in 19 states; clubs from Argentina, Canada, Guatemala and Ireland.

America’s National Independence Day Parade:

Washington D.C. (Jul. 04, 2003) — A toddler waves a U.S. flag during the U.S. Navy Concert band’s performance on the national mall during an Independence Day celebration.

The National Independence Day Parade takes place annually on July 4th at 11:45 am in Washington, D.C., on Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Street before a street audience of hundreds of thousands of spectators. The Parade consists of invited bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams, VIP’s, national dignitaries, and celebrity participants. The Parade is a major national event which seeks to draw the attention of Americans to the real meaning for the holiday. It is a patriotic, flag-waving, red white and blue celebration of America’s birthday!

Pledge to Read the Declaration of Independence:

Hillsdale College: 2nd annual take the pledge to read the Declaration of Independence on July 4th.

The Declaration of Independence will be read aloud in many places, among them in Washington, D.C. at the National Archives, and in Freehold, NJ; Lansing, MI and many other locations; plus in the Berkshires the Shakespeare troupe will read aloud with round-robin readers that will include Gov. Deval Patrick, state Sen. Benjamin Downing and state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli.

Famous Quotes:

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. … Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.” -John Hancock

If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism…The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is. -Ronald Reagan

“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” -Thomas Jefferson

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