O summer day, surpassing fair,
With hints of heaven in earth and air.
–Eben Eugene Rexford (1848–1916)
The long, hot month of July gives us not one but three days of independence to celebrate: Canada Day (July 1), Independence Day (July 4), and Bastille Day (July 14).
Canada’s birth in 1867 was the result of years of hard work by the Fathers of Confederation.
In the United States, July 4 marks the day in 1776 when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, after three days of spirited debate.
On July 14, 1789, civilians in Paris seized the fortress prison known as the Bastille. The British ambassador there summed up the significance of this event in a letter to his king: “Thus, my lord, the greatest Revolution that we know anything of has been effected.”
Happy Independence Day!
Sincerely, The Old Farmer’s Almanac
Independence Day Trivia
What does the saying “Run him out of town on a rail” mean?
In colonial times, people who were thought too loyal to Britain, or too outspoken against independence, or crown tax collectors, were sometimes tarred, feathered, tied to a wooden fence rail, and carried out of town.
Why is the name “John Hancock” synonymous with “your signature”?
Hancock’s bold signature on the U.S. Declaration of Independence dwarfed the signature of the other signers. Legend says that Hancock wanted the king of England to see the rebellious signature without having to wear his spectacles!
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