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Go Fourth and Enjoy!

July 4th Fireworks
July 4th Fireworks

Go Fourth and Enjoy!

As another July 4th rolls around  in the US, friends and family gather to celebrate the birth of our great country and to kick off the summer. For some of us who live in northern climes, it is especially good. Ahhh……long days and sunshine. It’s the best.

For me, it always means the beginning of an all-too-short season of gathering good buddies on our deck overlooking Lake Michigan, maybe a fun boating opportunity, building sand castles with grand children or downtime to read a leisurely beach book.

Curious about some of our traditions, I looked up and found some fun facts about the Fourth of July. Hope you’ll enjoy and can dazzle your buddies at the neighborhood barbecue. I’ve also included a few photos of my view of Pure Michigan.

Pure Michigan: Northport
Pure Michigan: Northport

Fun Facts about July 4

1.Contrary to popular belief, only two Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The majority of signers penned their signatures on August 2, 1776.

2.In a now-famous letter to his wife, Abigail, dated July 3, 1776, John Adams made a prediction that the “Second Day of July” would be celebrated as American Independence Day, since the Congress had actually voted to sever ties with Great Britain the day before.

3.Other countries, including Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden also celebrate the Fourth of July as a way to bring in American tourists.

4.The original draft of the Declaration of Independence was lost.

5.In a bizarre, though perhaps apt, twist of fate, both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826.

Hoping for a Hot Dog
Hoping for a Hot Dog

Hot Dog Holiday

Every wonder about the hot dog? I found this interesting tidbit on the Internet.

July Fourth is the “biggest hot dog holiday of the year,” according to TIME magazine, with Americans reportedly consuming about 155 million of them on Independence Day alone. But despite a nationwide love for the salty snack, no one really knows where the hot dog came from. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council “likely that the North American hot dog comes from a widespread common European sausage brought here by butchers of several nationalities.” The meaty treat’s origin story remains murky, however.

How about Turtle Soup?

And one final bit of trivia to share as you gather around the patio table. “According to legend, on July 4, 1776, John Adams…and his wife, Abigail, sat down for a celebratory meal of turtle soup, New England poached salmon with egg sauce, green peas and boiled new potatoes in jackets. They followed the meal with Indian pudding or Apple Pandowdy,” wrote Justine Sterling for Delish.com in 2011.

Thank you, but I’ll stick with a good burger with all the fixings or maybe some yummy ribs.

Happy Fourth of July

 

July 4th Fireworks
July 4th Fireworks
Pure Michigan
Pure Michigan
Pure Michigan: Elk Rapids
Pure Michigan: Elk Rapids
Pure Michigan: Sutton's Bay
Pure Michigan: Sutton’s Bay
July 4th Fireworks
July 4th Fireworks
July 4th Fireworks
July 4th Fireworks
Staying Cool
Staying Cool
July 4th Fireworks
July 4th Fireworks
July 4th Fireworks
July 4th Fireworks
Cardboard Boat Race
Cardboard Boat Race
July 4th Fireworks
July 4th Fireworks
Pure Michigan: Fisk Lake
Pure Michigan: Fisk Lake
Pure Michigan: Fisk Lake
Pure Michigan: Fisk Lake
Pure Michigan: Lake Michigan
Pure Michigan: Lake Michigan

 

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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.

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2 Comments
  1. posted by
    Richard Edelen
    Jul 3, 2017 Reply

    Thank you Susan , its funny I learn more from you than I did in school , have a great 4th.

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Jul 3, 2017 Reply

      Thank you, Rick, As I recall from the stories you told when we were in India, you focused on having fun in school. Haha. Hope you enjoy your holiday too. Susan

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