Some of the girls on my Senior Model Squad gathered for some special photos in celebration of the Fourth of July and we had a blast in our red, white & blue at Gravel Road Traditions. Of course Fourth of July is synonymous with BBQ, fireworks and apple pie! So, since the holiday is just around the corner, I thought I would share some fun facts about the holiday while showing off these festive pics of these seniors!
Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.
Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.
The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.
The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest was Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) of South Carolina. The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin (70) of Pennsylvania. The lead author of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, was 33.
President John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth. Adams and Jefferson (both signed the Declaration) died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.
Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not actually rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.
The Fourth of July is a wonderful occasion to celebrate our nation’s independence, but it’s not without risk to your pet. Holidays mean a lot of unattended food, some of it toxic to your dog or cat. If you host a party, you’re less focused on your pet’s needs and whereabouts. Many animals are absolutely terrified by fireworks: every year, thousands flee the family home only to be injured or killed in traffic, picked up by animal control or simply never seen again. So, keep your pets away from the picnic food and keep them indoors and away from the fireworks. Experts even say to put on the television or music for them to create a safe haven for them! Let’s keep our furry pets safe this Fourth of July!
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I hope everyone has a fun and safe Fourth of July!