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Saturday, July 4, 2015

History Behind 4th of July Traditions

Our country's birthday is celebrated with traditions dating back to 1776, the year the original 13 colonies declared their independence from England.   
 Families gather to say we love our country and want it to be strong and bold. 
Our neighborhood holds a parade of bikes and decorated wagons.

Flag
Children dress in red white and blue to represent our flag's colors.
The 13 stars represent the first colonies to settle on the eastern coast.  They formed a circle with a backdrop of blue.  The circle symbolized unity to show not one state had more power.  Balance of powers was the building block our our constitution.


Fireworks
Everyone loves fireworks on 4th of July.  We celebrate a day early at the Farmers Branch Historical Park open to the public for free at 6:30.  
It's a community affair Farmers Branch puts together with a tractor ride to take you to your destination.
Many people donate their time so Americans can have a great 4th of July.
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A concert is held before the fabulous firework display of colors.  Everyone dances to their favorite tunes.  It unites young and old.


Loud explosions of light dates back to America's one year commemoration on July 4th 1777.  The country had a year to plan for a party.  It was John Adams idea to Abigail in one of his many letters he sent to her.  They were a power couple and got the job done.  Adman's wrote:
"independence day ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God almighty."




Food

In our family its a tradition to have homemade strawberry cake with fresh strawberries on top. Picnics are part of 4th of July with grilled hotdogs topped with a swirl of yellow mustard.
My sons grill a great bratworst with hamburgers 
and chicken.  They invite friends over to share.


On the first day of independence John Adams and wife Abigail slurped turtle soup, poached salmon, boiled potatoes, peas for a veggie.  and pandowdy or apple cobbler for dessert.

In Texas, Mexican food is a favorite 4th of July and all year round.

Founding Fathers
  Let's say thank you to America's founding fathers;George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and James Monroe.  For a history lesson children can check out books from the library about their amazing lives and learn without them there wouldn't be an Independence Day to celebrate.  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4th  in 1826, the 50th anniversary of our country.  

 Happy 239th Birthday USA!!

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