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Independence Day...

Posted by
Judy aka L@dybug (Brooksville, FL, United States) on 4 July 2012 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

-In 1777, thirteen gunshots were fired in salute, at morning and again as evening fell, on July 4 in Bristol, Rhode Island.
-Philadelphia celebrated the first anniversary a modern American would find quite familiar: an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks. Ships were decked with red, white, and blue bunting.
-In 1778, General George Washington marked July 4 with a double ration of rum for his soldiers and an artillery salute.
-In 1778, Across the Atlantic Ocean, ambassadors John Adams and Benjamin Franklin held a dinner for their fellow Americans in Paris, France.
-In 1781 the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration.
-In 1783, Moravians in Salem, North Carolina, held a celebration of July 4 with a challenging music program; this work was titled "The Psalm of Joy".
-In 1791 the first recorded use of the name "Independence Day" occurred.
-In 1820 the first Fourth of July celebration was held in Eastport, Maine which remains the largest in the state.
-In 1870, the U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees.
-In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.

This year we are between 216 & 229 years old as a county, depending on when you begin counting.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS 1/8 second F/3.5 14 mm

January 1st is around the corner, along with an end to my daily posts, at least for now.
Dementia is so debilitating and Hubby needs more of my time.


* Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." ... <)))><
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Rick from Toronto, Canada

Happy 4th of July, neighbor !

4 Jul 2012 5:07am

@Rick: Thanks so much, Rick.

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Have a lovely day celebrating getting out of the grasping clutches of the evil British!

4 Jul 2012 6:11am

@CElliottUK: Ha, ha ... we do celebrate our religious freedoms, though. ;D

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Have a great day, Happy 4th July

4 Jul 2012 6:50am

@Doug: Thank you very much, Doug.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Happy 4th of July Judy! ;-)

4 Jul 2012 10:34am

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks so much, Eric ... from J & M

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Happy 4th of July Judy!

4 Jul 2012 11:03am

@Don Levesque: Thank you, Don!

Susan Rose from Georgia, United States

A very nice presentation. : )

4 Jul 2012 11:05am

@Susan Rose: Thanks, Susan.

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld,Old West Wales boy, Germany

A day to remember a lot of bloody history as well though !!

4 Jul 2012 11:10am

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: Amen to that ... thanks, Ant.

Mhelene from Paris, France

A beautiful composition for the Memorial Day !

4 Jul 2012 11:29am

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

I came by to wish you Happy 4th July! Hope you had a wonderful day today. Love this shot, how did you get the flame so clear?

4 Jul 2012 1:11pm

@tyan: Thank you so much, Tyan ... and I guess the flame was clear because it was taken over the dining room table, with no breeze around. ;D

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Judy, this is a wonderful presentation! Happy 4th of July to you, whatever our age as a country may be.

4 Jul 2012 3:56pm

@Viewfinder: Thanks, Glenn ... and I agree, we won't dispute the actual age. ;D

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!

4 Jul 2012 10:13pm

@omid: Thank you!

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

great idea to present that 4th of July, bravo the best one I saw...

5 Jul 2012 1:45am

@Sue-Ann: Thank you very much, Sue-Ann; I appreciate your comment!

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Beautiful composition. God bless America and God bless you!

5 Jul 2012 2:12am

@Mirjam: Thank you so much, Mirjam ... we ALL need God's blessings, and I appreciate yours.

Arash from Brisbane, Australia

Nice composition and framing. Well done :-)

5 Jul 2012 3:14am

@Arash: Thank you, Arash.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Nice shot for the 4th. Happy Independence Day!

5 Jul 2012 4:35am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautifully composed with an alternative look at the holiday and why it is celebrated! So much more than fireworks!

5 Jul 2012 11:14pm

@Steven: Thank you, Steven ... I appreciate your comment.

franz from Baden, Austria

a very belated happy birthday, usa ! you've really come a long way since 1766 !!!

15 Jul 2012 2:01pm

Canon PowerShot S2 IS
1/8 second
14 mm