Ever wonder why our forefathers choose July 4th as our National Independence Day? Although the original Declaration of Independence was completed on the 2nd, it took a few more days for all the edits and changes to be made - with the final version being completed on the 4th. The fancy one with all the signatures (on display in the National Archives) wasn't completed for another month. Adding to that, it took another 100 years before congress official recognized the 4th as a national holiday - and you thought our current House and Senate was slow to act on anything - yikes!
The 4th is now known as the 'unofficial start of summer' or as New Englanders like to say - 'only 8 more weeks of summer' so get out there an enjoy it. I never really understood that comment because it's not like the nice weather ends on Labor Day - just another local oddity of living out this way.
And speaking of oddities, my hometown decided to get 'ahead of the curve' and celebrated this years event on Monday night prior. I got no meaningful explanation other than to say - 'who doesn't love a good fireworks show' - so good for us! Plus, it now gives me another opportunity to see a few more shows over the weekend!
Happy Independence Day and go USA!!