America’s birthday celebrations will be held on Friday, July 4th around the nation. Many locations will host fireworks, food, parades and fun, but sometimes getting lost in all of the partying is what the day means to the citizens of the United States.
Independence Day is a federal holiday that originated on July 4, 1776 as we as a nation declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
Wikipedia defines the day as a result of ‘the legal separation of the thirteen colonies in America from Great Britain during the American Revolution. The Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence on July 2, 1776 that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After the vote, Congress then took up the Declaration of Independence to explain the decision, of which Thomas Jefferson was its principal author.
The final statement, after debate and revisions, was given final approval on July 4th.
On July 3rd, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail the following:
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more,” penned Adams.
In Havana, veterans and sponsors are putting together a day that does both: Friday, the 4th of July will see free live music all day long at the town’s stage at 7th Avenue West, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Havana veterans will be grilling hotdogs for donations to Veterans Village of Tallahassee, a facility for returning and homeless veterans in a two-year transitional housing program for both men and women from all branches of service who need and want to rebuild their lives through being part of this community. Owned and operated by Volunteers of America of Florida, services available at Tallahassee Veterans Village include: Housing, Health Services, Training, Education, Counseling and Employment.
The following musical acts will take Havana’s stage during Friday, July 4th:
Red & Salty (You’ve got to hear Red, aka Allie McKay sing the national anthem! What an incredible voice!), Steve Ritter & the Remnant, Tug-a-War, Rhythm Wave, The Mae West Band, Simply Undone, Hybrid Mind, Pulse Optional and LoCast.
Donations for Veterans Village are requested to help set up apartments for homeless and newly-returned from deployment veterans, and include much the same items as these Havana veterans have hosted for several years to send overseas to deployed troops, and include requests for toiletries, canned and dry food goods, small electrical appliances like small microwaves, toasters, coffee makers, sheets, towels, stereos, DVDs, CDs, cell phones, cameras, games, puzzles, etc. Monetary donations will also be accepted. For more information on Vet Fest 2014, call Rick or Sandi Beare Schenker at 850.539.7422.
I urge everyone to come out, have a grand old time at this free event, and take a few minutes to honor our independence, together as a community.