The good folks over here at McIntosh Box and Pallet hope you all are having a safe and enjoyable Independence Day! If you have a couple minutes, yes put down that beer, stop dressing up that hot dog and read up on some facts we are sure you have never heard before. And hey, you never know, maybe you can share some of these fun facts and impress some people at that next party you go to. But without further ado, here are five fun facts about how our nation became independent!
Fact #1: Are we celebrating our wonderful day of independence on the wrong day?! It can be said that we as a nation actually gained our independence on July 2nd. Story goes that Congress actually ruled in favor of independence on July 2nd. It was two days later that congress accepted Jefferson’s declaration explaining the votes from two days before. Independence was truly discussed and agreed upon on the 2nd, but having the declaration accepted two days later was reason enough to start the celebrations then.
Fact #2: Independence Day is known as one of the booziest holidays in our nation’s history. We can thank our first President George Washington for that one. It was said that on July 4th 1778, George Washington issued double rations of rum to his soldiers to mark the anniversary of their independence. Today we still carry on that tradition as we see beer sales climbing over 1 billion dollars. So next time you crack open a cold one on the 4th, pour out a little for George Washington for starting this tradition.
Fact #3: Francis Scott Key, something that doesn’t come as a surprise to many, wrote the “Star Spangled Banner” but did you know that it originated as a poem? Key’s poem was created based on real life observations. In 1814 Britain attacked Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 and Key witnessed the attack and began to write down what he saw. Year’s later Key’s poem was put into music and it wasn’t officially seen as our national anthem until 1931. Francis Scott Key was originally a poet and you didn’t even know it.
Fact #4: Looking back on Independence Day, there have been a lot of celebrations. The whole day is dedicated to celebration. But did you know that the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States is the 4th of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island? This parade began in 1875 and to this day this tradition carries on. Rhode Island may be a small state, but they know how to celebrate!
Fact#5: When you think of the 4th of July, fireworks become synonymous to the day. Party all day and top it off with a bang and a boom. But where did this ritual stem? Well, we have another founding father to thank for that. Mr. John Adams even knew back then that fireworks were the only way to celebrate this monumental day in our nations history. In a letter that Adams wrote home to his wife he said that this day should be celebrated “with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever more.” Once again, our founding fathers were taking out all of the stops in order to celebrate their hard work and the independence we deserved as a nation.
From everyone at McIntosh Box and Pallet, we wish you a wonderful holiday. And we hope however you celebrate, you remember these facts and spread them throughout the party so you look like the smartest, most patriotic person in the room!