In the middle of March I wrote a super successful post about the history and origin of St. Patrick’s day. I wanted to research it because honestly I didn’t know anything about it. Yet I was dressing Morgan in green head to toe! That post ended up launching a series of posts after I received multiple comments to create a post for each holiday. I will have to explain each holiday to Morgan anyway. What a better way than to actually learn the facts behind them. You can read all of the past posts below:
I learned so much from doing these posts, and I found that I really enjoyed researching and writing them. Today I will be sharing with you How To Explain The Importance Of The Fourth Of July To Your Toddler. It’s such an integral part of American History that we should all learn about. Here are the top 7 things that I have learned about the importance of the Fourth of July that I will use to explain it to my little Morgan. Thank you so much to my wonderful friend Google. As always Google was able to steer me in so many interesting directions while researching this history.
- Independence Day also known as the Fourth of July or July Fourth is a federal holiday which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. This took place 241 years ago in 1776 on July 4.
- The Declaration of Independence was a statement announcing that the thirteen American colonies were newly independent sovereign states no longer under British rule. Thus we can think of July 4, as the day that represents the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.
- Interestingly enough the Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4th it was actually signed almost a month later due to the delegates debating and revising the language before it was officially “engrossed” or transcribed on parchment paper.
- There were several copies made of the original. Almost 200 in fact by John Dunlap the official printer of the Continental Congress. He produced the first printed versions on the night of July 4, 1776. The original parchment paper copy is in the National Archives in Washington D.C. along with the Bill of Rights. Makes me wonder if the prints were completed on the 4th but the delegates continued to make changes until the official signing in August how different are the original prints from what we know today?
- One of the first printings of the Declaration of Independence was said to have been found in a picture frame (behind a nondescript painting) purchased at a flea market. It later sold at auction for $2,420,000 by Sotheby’s. Today only 26 known copies of the 200 Dunlap prints exist.
- I really wanted to know why we use fireworks to celebrate the 4th. Well it turns out that John Adams the primary leader that sought independence from Great Britain was also the one that in a letter to his wife Abigail wrote that the celebration of the adoption should include fireworks. The first fireworks to celebrate July 4th occurred in 1777 on the 1st anniversary.
- Fourth of July celebrations became commonplace as the years went on. However it wasn’t until 1870, almost a hundred years later that Congress declared July 4 to be a national holiday. This occurred as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas.
I feel much better knowing the history of this meaningful and patriotic celebration. I hope you enjoyed learning about How To Explain The Importance Of The Fourth Of July To Your Toddler. It really is an interesting and important history. Thank you for reading, and enjoy your celebrations with friends and family tomorrow! Happy 4th!!!