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07/04/20 Happy 4th of July

Saturday, July 04, 2020

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, 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.

"A 4th of July planning tip: this year throw veggie burgers on the grill..and next year, someone else will host the cookout."

Why did the British soldiers wear red coats?
So they could hide in the tomatoes.

What did one flag say to the other flag?
Nothing. It just waved.

What’s red, white, blue, and green?
A patriotic pickle.

What happened as a result of the Stamp Act?
The Americans licked the British.

What do you call an American revolutionary who draws cartoons?
Yankee Doodler.

Father William, the old priest, made it a practice to visit the parish school one day a week. He walked into the 4th grade class, where the children were studying the states, and asked them how many states they could name. They came up with about 40 names.
Father William jokingly told them that in his day students knew the names of all the states. One lad raised his hand and said, Yes sir, but in those days there were only 13 states.

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; the book would be published for the first time on this date in 1865.
--Boom Box Parade Day: in Willimantic, CT; started in 1986 when a marching band couldn't be found for the Memorial Parade; though they were too late for a Memorial Parade, citizens continued working with a local radio station for the 4th of July and formed a parade carrying boom boxes that were tuned to the radio playing marches; due to the pandemic, the parade won't be held this year.
--Hop-a-Park Day: observed on the 1st Saturday of July; today is to visit some your local parks today to show support for the community greenery and to get outside with the family to play; a great way to spend a Saturday.
--Independence from Meat Day: today is 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.
--International Cherry Pit Spitting Day: observed on the 1st Saturday of July; in many cities, there are contests to see who can spit their cherry pit the farthest; check your local listings for an interesting outing and maybe even give it a go while maintaining a social distance.
--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?
--Jackfruit Day: a salute to another meat alternative; jackfruit is native to parts of South and Southeast Asia and is a species in the mulberry breadfruit family; the fruit is the largest tree-borne fruit and can grow up to 77 lbs.
--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.
--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.
--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 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 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.
--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.
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