The 4th of July, what an exciting time, young or old. I want to blog about the old and new about the 4th of July. Most everyone knows that it is a day observed by the United States. The 4th of July was the day that The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress back in 1776. Most of us also know(who remember from school) that Thomas Jefferson was the head of the body that prepared the document that was signed. The independence part came from our separation from Great Britain.
With this action there was much celebration, hence the 4th of July. July 4th is a time for many activities such as family reunions(folks home from war), picnics, BBQ’s(hogs in older days), concerts, parades, baseball games, and of course, fireworks. Some people consider this our great anniversary festival.
In the past, 1791 was the first recorded use of the name Independence Day. Dated 1820, was the first 4th of July celebration held in Eastport, Maine. 1870 was when the congress declared that the 4th would be an unpaid holiday for federal workers. And in 1916 was the origin of the hot dog eating contest ( see Wikipedia for details). Amongst all these dates the celebrations included the flag, food, family, bonfires, baseball, music, speeches, and parades. Back then they had decorated their ships patriotic too. Part of their light and sound (fireworks) were the shooting of guns to salute the day. Here was a piece of date related, coincidental information – that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams ( who also signed the declaration of Independence) both died on the 4th of July, 1826. That just happened to be the 50th anniversary of the declaration. These two men were just a few associated with the date of July Fourth.
Today we still celebrate many of the same ways, just up-dated. The 4th of July, known for its outdoors celebrations, still flags (and the colors of red, white, and blue) , still enjoying picnics with our family members (and re-unions with family from farther distance), music (with new age lyrics of freedom) , still enjoying hot dog eating contests, national baseball teams playing, and since 1939 federal employees are still enjoying the day off – but, with pay now. Available military bases still give “Salute to the Union” gunshots, one for each state. Of course we still celebrate with our morning parades, and evening fireworks shows. In 1976 was the first televised light works show.
It might be the busiest week in America with all the preparations for speeches, yep! we still have them too, pyrotechnic shows and their music selections, parade routes decided and floats designed. It is also the busiest week in America for traveling. The newest thing affecting our 4th of July festivities is that the laws have to enforce new rulings to safeguard our use of the fireworks for personal uses.
July is deemed the most dangerous month of the year. The list of dangers includes the travel (accidents / and alcohol related incidents), fireworks (many visit hospitals for injuries, some related also to use of alcohol) , picnic foods not kept at proper temperature) , the soaring heat temperatures ( heat exhaustion and of course alcohol consumption, and deaths related to drowning ) , even to pets that are traumatized.
You could make the 4th of July a celebration in another way…. It could be the day that you decided to celebrate your personal self-independence. Maybe to celebrate to becoming a new you ( becoming physically fit) , to join a new sport or activity, to use your body (in a positive way) before you lose the capacity to do so, or just want to do something different.
Come, celebrate- take advantage of the | 30 Day Free Trial | Seaside Jiu Jitsu Academy . The workouts, whether from age varying jiu jitsu classes, or the women’s bootcamp, or even the Lil Warriors’ fun time activities just might be your reason to celebrate.
And from all of us here at the Seaside Jiu Jitsu Academy and the Astoria ORBJJ- take care, be safe, and of course enjoy your 4th of July.