Happy 4th of July from Summer of Surf!

Just for fun, here is some interesting history about today’s holiday as well as a few other big events today! Have a wonderful 4th and be safe out there on the road!

The Declaration of Independence

American Independence Day is celebrated on the 4th of July every year. Everyone thinks of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

But…

July 4, 1776 wasn't the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776).

It also wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775).

It also wasn't the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn't happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).

So what did happen on July 4, 1776?

The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.

July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.

We celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved.

How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?

For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. After the War of 1812, the Federalist Party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, and James Monroe died July 4, 1831, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated.

Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.

Other Big Events Today…

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is 100-Years Old Today!!!

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs. The world’s top competitive eaters. Ten minutes to glory. It all goes down today, 4th of July at the corner of Surf and Stillwell!

Live from Coney Island!

1310 Surf Ave.

Brooklyn, New York 11224

 

45th 4th of July ‘Sun N Surf’ Surf Contest

One of the world’s oldest surfing contest is taking place today at the St. Augustine Pier! Put on by the ESA, Eastern Surfing Association, St. Augustine, Florida, the contest has a long and distinguished history of a fun and popular event!

 

113th Annual Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade and Celebration

Surf City USA continues its tradition with a fabulous parade, great fireworks show, wonderful food all located on one of the famous beaches and surfing spots the world over! The largest Independence Day Parade west of the Mississippi River features floats, bands, local dignitaries, equestrian groups, film and television celebrities and community groups.

Wherever you end up today, enjoy, have fun, be safe and drive home safe tonight!