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The Declaration of Independence


IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. Read the remainder of this entry »

Why are we compelled to blow stuff up on the 4th of July?

Happy Independence Day!! To all our troops who have served past and present at home and abroad, during times of war and peacetime, I thank you. Without you, the United States of America would have ceased to exist some time ago and we would most likely be speaking some foreign language, eating some foreign food and drinking some foreign beer…..God forbid! We most likely would not be enjoying the freedoms and prosperity we enjoy today. As a nation, we have our issues. But as a whole, we are still the greatest nation in the world, thanks to YOU! And to the civilians who support our troops, I know their success is do in large to your support and sacrifice. Thank you.

It’s that time of year again when grown adults and children alike clammer to the fireworks stands to buy legal (and illegal) explosives in a effort to see who can make it go higher and blow louder. I urge you to back away if your buddy says, “Hey Bob! Hold my beer while I modify this!”

So, why do we have this insatiable need to blow stuff up on the 4th of July? Read the remainder of this entry »

Happy 4th of July!

I would like to wish all my friends, readers, soldiers and civilians who are in the Middle East and elsewhere around the world a special 4th of July wish. Thank you for protecting our freedoms.

To all my State side readers and friends. Have fun, be safe and DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!

Here are some Independence Day fun facts, history and trivia.  On July the 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. Thereafter, the 13 colonies embarked on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. This most American of holidays is traditionally celebrated with parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country. Take a minute to think about how much you really know about what we are celebrating.

4th of July History & Trivia -Did You Know…

  • The major objection to being ruled by Britain was taxation without representation. The colonists had no say in the decisions of English Parliament.
  • In May, 1776, after nearly a year of trying to resolve their differences with England, the colonies sent delegates to the Second Continental Congress. Finally, in June, admitting that their efforts were hopeless; a committee was formed to compose the formal Declaration of Independence. Headed by Thomas Jefferson, the committee also included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman. On June 28, 1776, Thomas Jefferson presented the first draft of the declaration to Congress.
  • Betsy Ross, according to legend, sewed the first American flag in May or June 1776, as commissioned by the Congressional Committee.
  • Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.
  • The Liberty Bell sounded from the tower of Independence Hall on July 8, 1776, summoning citizens to gather for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.
  • June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress, looking to promote national pride and unity, adopted the national flag. “Resolved: that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
  • The word ‘patriotism’ comes from the Latin patria, which means ‘homeland’ or ‘fatherland.’
  • The first public Fourth of July event at the White House occurred in 1804.
  • Before cars ruled the roadway, the Fourth of July was traditionally the most miserable day of the year for horses, tormented by all the noise and by the boys and girls who threw firecrackers at them.
  • The first Independence Day celebration west of the Mississippi occurred at Independence Creek and was celebrated by Lewis and Clark in 1805.
  • On June 24, 1826, Thomas Jefferson sent a letter to Roger C. Weightman, declining an invitation to come to Washington, D.C., to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. It was the last letter that Jefferson, who was gravely ill, ever wrote.
  • Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826.
  • The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not sign at the same time, nor did they sign on July 4, 1776. The official event occurred on August 2, 1776, when 50 men signed it.
  • The names of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were withheld from the public for more than six months to protect the signers. If independence had not been achieved, the treasonable act of the signers would have, by law, resulted in their deaths.
  • Thomas McKean was the last to sign in January, 1777.
  • The origin of Uncle Sam probably began in 1812, when Samuel Wilson was a meat packer who provided meat to the US Army. The meat shipments were stamped with the initials, U.S. Someone joked that the initials stood for “Uncle Sam”. This joke eventually led to the idea of Uncle Sam symbolizing the United States government.
  • In 1941, Congress declared 4th of July a federal legal holiday. It is one of the few federal holidays that have not been moved to the nearest Friday or Monday.

Read more on the Declaration of Independence.

Independence Day Trivia & Facts – An Inspired America:

  • Thirty places nationwide with “liberty” in their name. Liberty, Missouri (26,232) boasts the highest population of the 30 at 26,232. Iowa has more of these places than any other state at four: Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty and West Liberty.
  • Eleven places have “independence” in their name. The most populous of these is Independence, Missouri, with 113,288 residents.
  • Five places adopted the name “freedom.” Freedom, California, with 6,000 residents, has the largest population among these.
  • There is one place named “patriot” — Patriot, Indiana, with a population of 202.
  • And what could be more fitting than spending the day in a place called “America”? There are five such places in the country, with the most populous being American Fork, Utah, with 21,941 residents. Check out American Fact Finder.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
-The Declaration of Independence 4 of July, 1776.

Ms Sparky

Some firework do’s and don’ts!

sparklersIt’s been a little slow on the KBR scene lately so I thought I would get a head start on my July 4th posts.

Another long weekend ahead!! People are heading to the hills or getting ready to BBQ and set off fireworks! Oh…and don’t forget those cold brewskies!!

It all brings back fond memories of being a child and running around the yard drawing in the air with my sparklers.

For everyone out there who has small children here are some interesting sparkler facts.

Did you know:

  • Sparklers burn at nearly 2000 degrees F°
  • 16% of all fireworks injuries are caused by sparklers
  • Sparkler injuries account for 1/3 of all fireworks injuries to children under age 5 and 1/2 to children under age 14
  • Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type

Who would’ve figured. I’ve given them to my own daughter thinking they were the safest.

For more sparkler safety information click HERE

For more general fireworks safety information click HERE

Below is more specific safety information for those people who have larger children who we will undoubtedly be hearing about in the news on July 5th.

  • FAA prohibits fireworks of any kind on any flight. They cannot be checked as baggage or carried on. (Hmmm hooda thunk that wuz a problim?)
  • Do not light fireworks inside your house. (Click HERE to verify that people actually need to be told this!)
  • Do not light fireworks inside a vehicle. (Click HERE to see why not?)
  • Do not aim fireworks at another person….
  • Do not hold fireworks, such as bottle rockets with ANY part of your body!! (Yes…..there are people who need to be told this!)

Have a wonderful safe 4th of July.


Ms Sparky