Friday, July 1, 2016

4th of July

Tyler DuBord: Facility Services Manager

Greetings from the Northeast Metro and Happy Independence Day from everyone at City Wide Maintenance of Minnesota!!

We all know the 4th of July celebrates our country's independence, but do you know the rest of the history of Independence Day? The United States used to be a British colony a long while ago. Eventually, the 13 original colonies determined they wanted to be their own, single nation. After the American Revolution, the US colonies finally won their independence from Great Britain. It was determined, that in order to officially declare their split from the British, the new nation would draw up a Declaration of Independence.

On July 2nd, 1776, a vote was called to order and one representative from each colony was summoned to Philadelphia. Only two days later, on July 4th, the delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, which was drafted by Thomas Jefferson. This is why we celebrate America’s birthday on the 4th of July!

For me, this holiday marks a milestone of summer, in which my wife and I get to spend time with family and friends.  Together, we enjoy boating, barbeques and fireworks. This year, we're traveling south to Lake Okoboji, in Iowa. We'll celebrate by spending time on the water and flying the American flag, high and proud!

Just for fun, I was able to dig up a few interesting facts about the holiday that you may not know...

*An estimated 2.5 million people lived in this country in July, 1776. Today, that number has grown to over 310 million!  
*In 2010, the US imported $197.3 million worth of fireworks

*31 US cities have the word “Liberty” in their name, 35 cities have “independence” in their name, and only 1 city has “patriot” in its name.

*For those having a cookout on the 4th of July, you have a 25% chance that your hot dog came from Iowa.

Fun facts aside, please don't lose sight that this is an independence that Americans are still fighting for to this day, so make sure you thank a veteran or military member this 4th of July. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Holiday weekend!!!