Paul W. Smith: Happy birthday, America!
“Outta’ My Mind on a Monday Moanin’ ”
Am I the only one who didn’t take advantage of the fact that we have a national holiday in the middle of this week?
What was I thinking?
Obviously I WASN’T thinking!
We took our family vacation the week of June 18.
So close, yet so far.
To those of you far smarter than I who have figured out how to have a 10-day vacation with only four days counted off, good for you!
For those of us still around enjoying the heat and festivities, we are maintaining a celebration of independence dating to 1776, when the Continental Congress voted for that independence. Though the vote took place on July 2, it’s the “Fourth of July” we celebrate.
Well, not everyone.
John Adams believed that July 2 was the correct date to celebrate the birth of American independence, and reportedly would actually turn down invitations to appear at July 4 events in protest. Coincidentally, both Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
Fun Facts :
Barbecue is obviously big on the Fourth, with over 150 million hot dogs and over 700 million pounds of chicken enjoyed.
Only John Hancock actually put his “John Hancock” on the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the other signers did so later.
The average age of the signers: 45
Seven of the signers were educated at Harvard. (Could they not get into Michigan?)
The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the colonies would appear equal. (Don’t forget to fly your flag this Wednesday and every day!)
Happy Birthday America!
Paul W. Smith is host of The Paul W. Smith Show on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.