98 Owasso Apartments Presents Everything You Never Knew About Independence Day
America celebrates its 240th birthday on July 4th, so the team at 98 Owasso apartments is here to inform our residents about some of the lesser known facts surrounding this famous day. Feel free to use some of these tidbits to impress your friends and family this weekend, even if your grilling skills come up short. As the preferred Owasso apartments, we’re here to help you celebrate the 4th of July any way we can. So hang out by the 98 pool or invite friends over for a party at our cabana, and from the whole team at 98 Owasso apartments, Happy Independence Day!
1. Thanks to PBS, we know that July 2nd, not July 4th, is when the Second Continental Congress actually approved the motion for independence from Great Britain. The formal document that confirmed this decision is called the Declaration of Independence, and it was signed into law on July 4th. Obviously July 4th is called “Independence Day” and celebrated across the country, but that may not have been the original intention of the Founding Fathers. In fact, John Adams wrote this ultimately incorrect prediction in a letter to his wife on July 3rd, 1776:
“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with [Shows], Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
Hey, he was right about everything but the date.
2. When you think about July 4th, do you think about hot dogs, flags and fireworks? Some words are forever associated with the 4th of July. Another one of those words might be beer. According to Nielsen, Americans buy more than 52 million cases of beer to celebrate Independence Day every year. That’s more than Super Bowl Sunday and Halloween, but less than Labor Day and Christmas. Apparently we love drinking beer to celebrate Independence Day, but not quite as much as we love drinking beer when we get a Monday off at the end of the summer.
3. We now know that July 4th, 1776 is the date the Declaration of Independence was signed into law. But did you know that copies of the famous document were created and distributed to people in the 13 colonies too? According to CNN, the citizens of New York City were so inspired by the copies of the Declaration of Independence that they started a riot. The rebellious mob marched through the streets on July 9th, 1776 and tore down a statue of King George III. The metal from the statue was later melted down and used as musket balls for the American army during the Revolutionary War. How’s that for patriotic?
4. The Liberty Bell hung above Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA until 1976, when it was moved to a glass enclosure on a plaza in front of the iconic building. The Liberty Bell hasn’t been rung in over 170 years because of fears about the bell cracking even more than it already has. However, every 4th of July the famous bell is lightly tapped 13 times as a signal to begin ringing bells all across the United States in celebration of Independence Day.
5. If you feel like celebrating something besides America’s independence this 4th of July, the team at 98 Owasso apartments has some alternative moments in history for you. On July 4th, 2012 the Higgs Boson particle, otherwise known as the “God particle” was discovered at CERN research labs. Bust out this factoid when you feel like elevating the conversation to a more academic level in front of the grill this 4th of July. Or you can celebrate one of America’s iconic sports heroes, Lou Gehrig. The Yankees first baseman delivered his “Luckiest Man” speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4th, 1939 shortly before retiring from the game of baseball forever. Either one of these dates is even more of a reason to celebrate this 4th of July!