For many Americans, celebrating July 4th includes Fireworks, Family Reunions, Concerts, Barbecues, Picnics, Parades, & Baseball Games. Here at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort, we have our own 4th of July parade with after party. Stay tuned for pics and a blog update. Friends and neighbors celebrating together, what could be better?
Now for a little Independence history! During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain actually occurred on July 2, 1776. This was when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve the resolution of independence. Originally proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After the vote for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence. This statement explained this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration and finally approved it on July 4.
Historians have often disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4. Even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. It is also a remarkable fact in history that both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826. This was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence! Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831. Then becoming the third President in a row who died on this Memorable Day. July 4th “Looms Large” for us and our Founding Fathers! We owe these brave men so much for our Freedom!
Observance and celebrating July 4th has an ongoing history:
- In 1777, thirteen gunshots were fired in salute, once at a morning and once again as evening fell on July 4 in Bristol, Rhode Island. Philadelphia celebrated the first anniversary in a manner 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.
- In 1778, General George Washington marked July 4 with a double ration of rum for his soldiers and an artillery salute. Across the Atlantic, ambassadors John Adams and Benjamin Franklin held a dinner for their fellow Americans in Paris, France.
- In 1779, July 4 fell on Sunday. The holiday was celebrated on Monday, July 5.
- 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, ended up celebrating July 4th with a challenging music program assembled by Johann Friedrich Peter. This work was titled “The Psalm of Joy”.
- In 1791 the first recorded use of the name “Independence Day” occurred.
Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Families and communities like celebrating July 4th / Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue. Decorations like streamers, balloons, and clothing are usually colored Red, white, and Blue! Parades are often in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.
When celebrating July 4th consider attending some local fireworks displays this year at:
- Barefoot Landing, 4898 Highway 17S. Fireworks begin at 10:15, July 4, 2013 over the lake at Barefoot Landing.
- Cherry Grove Pier, 3500 N. Ocean Blvd. Fireworks begin around 9 or 9:10 on Thursday, July 4, 2013.
- Broadway at the Beach, between 21st and 19th avenues on U.S. 17 Bypass. Fireworks start at 10 P.M. Thursday, July 4, 2013, over Lake Broadway.
- Surfside Beach 4th of July Celebration, Surfside Drive and ocean Blvd. Fireworks with live entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 4th.
- Murrells Inlet 4th of July Boat Parade and fireworks display, Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk & Veterans Pier. The 30th annual parade begins at 5 p.m. July 4, 2013, from Garden City Point. Fireworks start at 10 p.m.
Happy 4th of July to You and Yours from everyone at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort as we celebrate our Independence Day! God Bless the USA! We’d love to hear how you celebrated July 4th with your family and friends!