Known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.
While you may have heard and seen fireworks already this past weekend, Independence Day is actually this coming Thursday, July 4th. Few Americans, unless they are history enthusiasts or better yet, American history professors, can tell you the complete story on this quintessential holiday of ours. For some fun and interesting facts, click the link below. http://lasvegas.about.com/od/historylandmarks/a/A-History-Of-The-Fourth-Of-July.htm
The Annapolis cluster met for a baseball game at the Bowie Stadium on May 20th. For our most recent arrivals it was their first American baseball game and they had lots of fun trying to understand the rules of this sport! The weather was wonderful and the firework show afterwards was fantastic! What a great night for all who came out to enjoy the night.