Wishing everyone a very safe and
Happy 4th of July!
The Liberty Bell sounded from the tower of Independence Hall
on July 8, 1776, summoning citizens to gather for the first public
reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.
June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress, looking to promote national
pride and unity, adopted the national flag. “Resolved: that the flag of the
United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white;
that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
The first public Fourth of July event at the White House occurred in 1804.
The first Independence Day celebration west of the Mississippi
occurred at Independence Creek and was celebrated by Lewis and Clark in 1805.
The origin of Uncle Sam probably began in 1812,
when Samuel Wilson was a meat packer who
provided meat to the US Army. The meat shipments were
stamped with the initials, U.S. Someone joked that the initials
stood for “Uncle Sam”. This joke eventually led to the idea of
Uncle Sam symbolizing the United States government.