Americans celebrate July 4 as the birthday of the nation. Historically, however, July 4, 1776 is the date on which the Second Continental Congress met for the formal adoption of the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration wasn’t actually signed until August 2, 1776 when most of the members of the Congress gathered to sign it. The Declaration wasn’t official until that day.
Interesting Facts About July 4
It is very interesting to think that John Adams’ vision of how Americans should celebrate what is arguably the nation’s most important secular holiday, turned out to be so true. The National Park Service quotes from a letter that John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776. In it, he told her that he believed future generations would celebrate July 2 as an Anniversary Festival. He went on to explain that he saw it as the “most memorable Epocha, (sic) in the History of America.”
The Massachusetts Historical Society quotes another part of the letter where Adams explains that the day “ought to be solemnized with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this continent to the other from this Time forward and forever more. (sic)” The American Revolution continued until 1783, but that didn’t stop the Colonists from observing this important occasion.
Adams didn’t have any idea that the grand celebrations he described and urged people to arrange, would be so fitting for a place like Texas, and a city like Fort Worth. It’s no secret to anyone anywhere that EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas. When it comes to any type of celebration, Texans will go all out, and Independence Day is no exception.
How Texans Celebrate July 4th
Regardless of whether the Fourth of July turns out to be a sunny or rainy day, you’ll be hard pressed to find a Texan who isn’t willing to man a barbecue grill anyway. If it rains, the celebration just moves to a covered patio, or indoors, if necessary. Texans are all about sharing their food with friends, family and neighbors, and big gatherings and picnics are part of that. July 4 celebrations are always big. Outdoor living spaces are popular throughout all of Texas because people want to enjoy the fantastic climate. Pool parties, backyard games, baseball, and fireworks are all part of July 4 festivities around the state.
If you’re going to celebrate the Fourth of July with great food, great friends, and some good old-fashioned American fun, you need to surround yourself with beautiful patriotic floral arrangements. American Beauty is a delightful nod to July 4 with red, white, and blue flowers. The beautiful red roses, white lilies, and blue accents go beautifully with the blue cube-shaped vase that is accented with a small American flag. This arrangement is perfect for a dining table – whether it is indoors or outside.
Be sure to let the floral designers at Gordon Boswell help you come up with a unique July 4th flower arrangement, for your house, outdoor living area, or picnic space somewhere else.