Happy 4th of July Lancers! The fourth of July is a holiday based on our nation’s fight for freedom. A holiday deeply embedded in the history of the brave men who have served our Country and the unwavering American spirit. We stand fast as Americans and pride ourselves in living in the Land of the Free. But how much do we really know about Independence Day?
Would the second of July be just as fun? “The Second Day of July 1776 will be the most memorable Epochal in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival,” John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776. The Second Continental Congress made a decree for freedom on July 2, 1776. It did not adopt the Declaration of Independence until July 4, 1776.
Red, white, and blue, were not always the colors used to symbolize this patriotic holiday. In fact these colors were rarely used based on their limited availability. In the early years people used greenery as festive decorations. This tradition originated when George Washington and his soldiers wear greenery in their caps.
It is a well known fact that the population of the United States has increased a little over time. Perhaps increased is the understatement of the year. The estimated population of the colonies July 4, 1776 was 2.5 million. The estimated population of the Unites States this July 4, 2013 is 316.2 million. This may offer an explanation for the largest firework display found in the U.S. Where is the nation’s largest firework display located? Why none other than the Big Apple, New York City. The Macy’s Fourth of July will feature 1,800 shells a minute, for a total of more than 40,000 explosions during the 25 minute show, according to Newsday.
CBU does not leave all the family, fun, and festivities to the New Yorkers. When some of The College of Allied Health faculty were asked about their favorite Fourth of July past times, it was a general consensus that this monumental holiday is centered on family, gratitude for OUR freedom, and the joys of 4th of July food.
Two simple questions were asked to participating College of Allied Health staff members. What is your favorite 4th of July food? and what is your favorite 4th of July activity? Dr. Melissa Wigginton, assistant professor for Health Science, spends her holiday in Northern California with family and the deliciousness of her mom’s homemade fruit salad. Dr. David Pearson, professor of Kinesiology also enjoys his Independence Day in his home town of Philadelphia with friends and family. According to Dr. Pearson anything done on a grill is a fourth of July food must have. Followed by a delectably grilled steak, the perfect dessert is fresh strawberries ONLY if they are topped with enough whip cream to create a small pool. The last surveyed is our very own Dean for The College of Allied Health, Dr. Charles Sands. Dr. Sands keeps it fun and simple indulging in ice cream, baseball, and of course, fireworks.
A common response from the faculty is the observance of Liberty. While we enjoy all the captivating entertainment of the 4th of July, let’s not forget the fight that was conquered for our freedom. Let’s remember the men and women who lost their lives and loved ones to ensure the freedom for future Americans in the generations to come. God Bless America, the Land of the Free.
Health Science, Pre-Physician Assistant
Leadership Allied Health