Hooray! It’s another year of celebrating the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted 239 years ago on July 4, 1776. It’s a time of celebration with our families and friends, watching fireworks, and eating lots of food. As you prepare for your day of fun, here are a few facts you may not know:
- Although adopted on July 4, it wasn’t officially signed on this day.
- More than one copy exists.
- A riot broke out in New York upon the news and a statue of George III was melted to shape more than 42,000 musket balls.
- Eight of the 56 signers were born in Britain and not America.
- Richard Stockton became the only signer to later recant his support of the revolution.
- One of the copies sold for $8.1 million.
For expanded explanations and additional things you may not know, go to History.com. As always, be safe and have a great day!
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Although St. Patrick’s Day began as a religious holiday in Ireland, people across many nations now celebrate March 17, the day believed to be Patrick’s death. Here are some noted facts:
- St. Patrick was not Irish.
- Born a nobleman in Britain about 400 A.D.
- An atheist in his early years
- Kidnapped by Irish pirates at age 16
- A slave in Ireland for 17 years
- Rediscovered his faith while in Ireland
- Returned to Ireland as a missionary
- Legend states St. Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain Christian Holy Trinity. (But it’s said no evidence proves he ever did.)
- Still unclear if St. Patrick died in Ireland
And for those who are Irish, know someone who is Irish, or just want to help celebrate for their own pleasure…put on your green clothes, green hats, green glasses, green everything, and have some green beer, or green cake, or green potatoes, or anything drinkable/edible green, but pah-lease don’t call me later when you are feeling oh-so green!
Be safe and have fun! And again, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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