The Moore American

July 3, 2013

Celebrate the 4th

By Wanda Billbe
The Moore American

MOORE — Tomorrow is July 4th — Independence Day. Did you know that so far there has only been one president born on Independence Day? It was Calvin Coolidge. Even more interesting is the fact that two of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on the same day: July 4th, 1826 — the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

A salute of one gun for each state in the United States, called a “salute to the union,” is fired on Independence Day at noon by any capable military base. Most of us have been to a military funeral with a 21-gun-salute. One can only imagine the impact of a 50-gun-salute. Taking children and grandchildren to a military base on July 4th to witness this event would create a lasting memory.

Most of us associate this holiday with a day off — picnics, fireworks, watermelon, parades, ice cream, flags and major league baseball games. It’s a time to gather with family and friends, eat, relax and enjoy the sunshine.

July 4th is the busiest day for fireman and the busiest day for boating.

On this holiday, you’ll hear your favorite patriotic songs: “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “God Bless America,” “America the Beautiful,” “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” “This Land is Your Land,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and “Yankee Doodle.”

No matter what way you celebrate Independence Day, may your heart be filled with pride that we live in such a wonderful country.

Happy Fourth of July.