"Where liberty dwells, there is my country" - Benjamin Franklin
The History of our Holiday:
On June 11th, 1776, the Colonies' Second Continental Congress met
in Philadephia and formed a commitee of whose purpose was to draft a
document that would formerly sever our ties with Great Britain.
This committee made up of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin,
Robert R. Livingston and Roger Sherman helped to draft the original document.
Thomas Jefferson was considered to be the strongest, most ardent writer and
he used his skills to pen this document.
Between their meeting on June 11th, 1776 and July 4th 1776, the day the
Continental Congress officially adopted the final version, there were a total of 86
changes made to what is now The Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration of Independence has since become our nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and freedom.
The first public reading of the Declaration was held in Philadephia's Independence Square on July 8th, 1776 to the ringing of bells, band music and much celebration
A year later on July 4th 1777, Independence day was marked by adjourning Congress and celebrating with bonfires, bells and fireworks. These customs eventually spread to their towns both big and small.
Today these celebrations have grown and this day is marked with parades, oratories, picnics, games, military displays, 5K runs and fireworks.
The events of that day were no doubt monumentous and changed the course of
our history, and for that we have great reason to celebrate.
Activity Ideas to Celebrate The 4th of July:
MapMuse: This website has a great search tool to help you find fireworks
displays local to you. It gives you the date, address and time in which they are
Self.com: Self.com offers some fantastic, healthy , easy side dishes and desserts
for your 4th of July barbecues.
Allrecipes.com: Allrecipies shares some of their highest rated BBQ recipies...with pictures!
Grandparents.com: Teach your grandkids about the 4th of July.
Grandparents.com has 7 great topics you can share with your grandchildren
about the United States of America and how it came to be.
Lovetoknow.com: And last but certainly not least is safety. Please share these
tips with your friends and family. Especially those who have young children and
You can also check your local Government or city's website to see if they are
planning any special celebrations for the 4th of July holiday.
How will you be celebrating this 4th of July? Please share with us your celebration ideas and traditions in the comment section below.
If you have any questions or concerns about how to enroll for
Medicare, talk to one of our licensed agents:
1 (855) 474-6234 TTY-711
or schedule an appointment below