Today is a holiday here in the United States as we celebrate our independence from the British Empire. Commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 we normally celebrate by having cookouts, relaxing with family and watching fireworks. While it is a great holiday to celebrate I find that most people don’t even know the real facts about it, but then again a lot of us are not sure about the other holidays as well. I have found that the date for this was actually July 2, and not the 4th. There are even reports that it was officially signed a month later on August 2. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (the only presidents to sign the declaration) both died on the same day (July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of Declaration). James Monroe (the third president), another founding father, died on July 4, 1831. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, was actually born on July 4, 1872. The Liberty Bell, which is located in my hometown of Philadelphia, has not been rung since February 23, 1846, due to the fear that ringing it again would worsen the crack in it. Whatever the case, the holiday will be celebrated today, and you can bet that fireworks will be happening tonight. For those of you who honor today I wish you a truly safe and healthy Independence Day. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
A rather long range view of Chaka Khan in concert (with Brett Jolly on bass to the far left)