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07/04/19 Happy Fourth of July

Thursday, July 04, 2019

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Thomas Jefferson

"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." Martin Luther King Jr.

"My idea, 'Fun Day', has been outvoted. But I still say the word 'Independence' is far too long. They'll just end up calling it 'The Fourth'."

Q: What’s red, white, blue and a little green?
A: Uncle Sam when he’s sea sick.
Q: What was the craziest Revolutionary War battle?
A: The Battle of Bonkers Hill.
Q: What do you eat on the 5th of July?
A: Independence Day old macaroni salad.
Q: How do Americans spend 4th of July weekend?
A: Stuck in traffic.
Q: What kind of tea did the American colonists really want?
A: Liberty.
Q: What’s the difference between Donald Duck and George Washington?
A: Donald Duck has a bill on his face while Washington has his face on a bill.
Q: What quacks, has a bill and shouldn’t be trusted?
A: Beneduck Arnold.
Q: How is a person who never gets sick like the United States of America?
A: They both have great constitutions.
Q: Why shouldn’t there be knock-knock jokes on the 4th of July?
A: Because freedom rings.
Q: What’s red, white, black and blue?
A: Uncle Sam after a boxing match.
Q: Where did George Washington buy his infamous hatchet?
A: At a chopping mall.
Q: What do you get if you cross a patriotic American with a small curly-haired dog?
A: Yankee Poodle.
Q: Who was the funniest person in George Washington’s army?
A: Laugh-ayette.
Q: Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
A: Right at the bottom of the page.
Q: What does the Statue of Liberty stand for?
A: Because she can’t sit down.
Q: Which American colonists told the most riddles?
A: Puns-ylvanians.
Q: What gives birds certain inalienable rights?
A: The Ducklaration of Independence.

"It's Independence Day! Today marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 from the rule of the British government. On June 7, the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House—a building now known as Independence Hall. Henry Lee, a delegate from Virginia, introduced a motion calling for independence for the colonies. It was contentiously debated, and a vote on the matter was postponed. A committee was appointed to write a statement outlining the reasons why a break from Great Britain was necessary. The committee consisted of John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson—who became its main author.
On July 2, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Henry Lee's resolution for independence. Two days later, on July 4, the Declaration of Independence was adopted. Although this was not the actual day of the vote for independence, it became celebrated as Independence Day."
--Alice in Wonderland Day: today commemorates when, in 1862, Lewis Carroll (born as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) gave the first telling of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'; he was on a boat excursion up the River Thames with a group that included 10 year-old Alice Liddell, who was his inspiration for Alice.
--Independence from Meat Day: a reminder there are alternatives to meat as a food source for health and environmental reasons; have you tried some meatless meals?
--Indivisible Day: observed in Minnesota, declared to support the separation of church and state so that our country remains united and not separated into factions due to religion.
--National Barbecue Day: we salute the process by which food is prepared over indirect heat and flavored by the smoke of the heat source; however you define it, it's delicious.
--Sidewalk Egg Frying Day: observed in many locales where the sidewalks get hot enough to cook an egg; if that describes your home town, check the listings for locations of egg frying.
--National Country Music Day: Country music is a genre of music that originated in Southern United States, in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1920s and consists of generally simple harmonies accompanied by mostly string instruments such as banjos, guitars, and fiddles as well as harmonicas.
--National Caesar Salad Day: a salute to a salad that has many origin stories with Alex Cardini in 1924 taking the honors as the chef of origin.
--National Barbecued Spareribs Day: just in case National Barbecue wasn't enough, we'll add the spareribs, a variety of pork ribs; again, so yummy.
--Boom Box Parade Day: in Willimantic, CT; started in 1986 when a marching band couldn't be found for the Memorial Parade; working with a local radio station, citizens formed a parade carrying boom boxes that were tuned to the radio playing marches.
--Invisible Day: no info as to why today; have you felt invisible, unheard?; today is to reflect upon what would you do if you were invisible?; would you help others or engage in some pranks?
--National Tom Sawyer Day: observed in Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain's home town; National Tom Sawyer Days is celebrated annually, organized by the Hannibal Chamber of Commerce in Hannibal, Missouri in the United States. In the town, National Tom Sawyer Days and the fourth of July are celebrated at the same time. Hannibal is the hometown of the famous author Mark Twain, the writer of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Many local Tom fans or some other fans from all over the world are attracted by the big parade float, flea market, carnival for children. What is more, the fans can enter a no speed-limited car competition and a Mud Volleyball Tournament.
--Ratha Yatra: an Hindu festival called the Chariot Festival; celebrations include a public procession of 3 deities in chariots.
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