Independence Day, is the anniversary of the publication of the Declaration of Independence. How it all began was in 1775, people in New England began fighting the British for their independence. On July 2, 1776, the Congress voted for independence from Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence was first published two days later on July 4, 1776. John Adams wrote in a letter to his wife, Abigail how the day should be celebrated. He described “pomp and parade, with shows, games, bells, bonfires, and illuminations” throughout the United States. Interesting trivia: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both signers of the Declaration of Independence and Presidents of the United States, died on July 4, 1826 - exactly 50 years after the Declaration of Independence.
In 1986 the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty on July 4th lit up the skies over New York Harbor with a dazzling fireworks display destined to surpass any others held in this country, or the world. The "Statue of Liberty Centennial Fireworks Spectacular" was an international display, with fireworks from many different countries including Japan, China, Germany, Italy, England, France, Spain, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, and Brazil. As I recall when I was young, my dad would always buy a few packages of sparklers. When it got dark out, he would light them and watch us as we swirled them around in the sky. This was a lot of fun and it made us feel like we were part of the celebration.
|My son, Paul "1986"|
Fireworks come in so many different shapes, colors, and sizes such as stars, rotating circles, fish, and even 3D shapes. They are sometimes programmed to music as in Disney World where the fireworks are fired off to music with colors. Fireworks are used in celebrations of theme parks, Olympics, Halloween, Christmas, New Years, and Political events. States such as New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Delaware ban all consumer fireworks completely. Only legal professional authorities can be approved to operate firework displays. Please be responsible and do not use fireworks unless a professional person is on hand. Please be sure to keep your pets inside where it is safe. They do not like the noise and tend to hide.
“Italian Pasta Salad”
1 lb. cooked spiral pasta, rinsed with cold water
1 1/2 tsp. of salt
1/2 tsp. of fresh ground pepper
2 medium red onions, chopped
3/4 cup of Sun Dried Tomatoes, chopped
1 cup of Artichoke hearts, marinated, drained, chopped
2 medium green peppers, diced
12 oz. green olives, chopped
3 oz. black olives, chopped
1/2 lb. of hard salami, diced
1/4 lb. of pepperoni, diced
1/2 lb. Provolone cheese, cubed
1 bottle of your favorite Italian Dressing
Mix well, with about 1 cup of dressing and let set at room temperature for 3 hours before serving.
Notes: you can use the Tri Color Pasta spirals and add whatever vegetables you like. (just chop small) If you choose you can substitute Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil for dressing instead of bottled.
Till Next Time………………………………..
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