While the US is gearing up to celebrate Independence Day this coming July 4, several local restaurants such as Daiquiri Dick’s and Joe Jack’s Fish Shack, are making preparations to offer special menus or promotions on said day. To keep your conversations interesting at the dinner table, consider the following:
What do you do when your town cannot afford a parade with a live marching band? You convince the local radio station to play marching band music and invite locals to march with their boomboxes and portable radios tuned to the station. This is the way Willimantic, Connecticut has been celebrating the holiday since 1986.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee claims to have “The First Independence Day Parade in the Nation.” How? They start it at midnight!
In a hurry? The Independence Day parade in Aptos, California, is only two blocks long.
The Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4, 1776, as depicted in John Trumball’s iconic 1819 painting. It was adopted by Congress on that date but signed previously.
Three American presidents—Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Monroe—have died on July 4. The US’s 30th Commander-in-Chief, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4.
The Philippines celebrates its independence from the United States on July 4, after the Treaty of Manila was signed in 1946.
Lastly, if you are feeling patriotic but would rather celebrate at home, get your hot dogs ready and consider any of the following movies, currently available to stream on Netflix Mexico:
● Air Force One (1997)
● Black Hawk Down (2001)
● G.I. Jane (1997)
● Pearl Harbor (2001)
● White House Down (2013)