Is Today Independence Day?

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“Whatever you are, be a good one.” Abraham Lincoln

I’m really not getting ahead of myself in posting about the 4th on the 2nd (read below). And regardless of the facts, July 4th is so worth prepping well for. While the Founding Fathers would probably be horrified at what their baby turned into, I would much rather be a saucy chick in 2013 than in 1776. Maybe next year I’ll host a 4th of July theme party: Colonial Era Babeland.

Fun Facts about the Fourth…memorize them, don’t write out on a flashcard (so uncool):

  • April 18, 1775 – Paul Revere did NOT ride alone when warning the guys of the British troops approaching Lexington. He was with his buds William Dawes and Samuel Prescott (a slew of others eventually joined). He also never yelled, “the British are coming.”
  • The Founding Fathers: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington
  • July 2, 1776 – Delegates voted on the Declaration  but they didn’t have the written document completed and signed until the 4th. So the colonies sort of became officially independent on the 2nd…
  • July 8, 1776 – The peeps in Philly threw down the 1st July 4th celebration. And it was at this party that the Liberty Bell was first rung.
  • Thomas Jefferson not only wrote the Declaration of Independence, but he was also the founding father of ice cream. His favorite flavor? French vanilla.
  • July 14, 1777 –  The Continental Congress approved the first official national flag.
  • July 4, 1826 – Jefferson and Adams both died…5 hours apart.
  • 1912 – President Taft regulated the proportions of the flag (before different states arranged the stars differently).
  • American Flag official colors: Old Glory Red, White, Old Glory Blue
  • 1938 – July 4th becomes a legit holiday.

Every good party needs a sweet playlist. So here you have it, an eclectic July 4th mix that will have you doing everything Ron Swanson would do. Kidding! It’s so much better than that.

This post would be incomplete without Maya Rudolph’s American siren song.



Sexty & Frieda

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