-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.
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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