"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Monday, July 01, 2019

Hope You Have A Happy 4th of July!



  • Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. ...Massachusetts recognized the Fourth of July as an official holiday on July 3, 1781, making it the first state to do so. 
  • Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776...the bulk of the other 54 men signed an official engrossed (finalized and in larger print) copy on August 2, with others to follow at a later date. Hancock (boldly) signed his name again on the updated version.
  • The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.
  • The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45.
  • We'll eat an obscene amount of hot dogs.
  • We will spend billions of food.
  • THREE PRESIDENTS HAVE DIED, AND ONE WAS BORN, ON THE FOURTH.  You probably know that both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826—50 years to the day after the Declaration of Independence was adopted. They're not the only presidents to have died on the Fourth, though; James Monroe—the nation’s fifth president—died just a few years later on July 4, 1831.Though the holiday might seem like it has it out for former presidents, there was one future leader born on Independence Day. The country's 30th Commander-in-Chief, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4, 1872.

MAY THE 4th be with you too!


This t-shirt was the one he wore in the hospital when he was born!
He would kill me now if he knew I shared this, but one day he might understand.

Love, Chatty Crone


natalia20041989 said...

Happy 4th of July, have fun:)

jack69 said...

Nice entry of facts. Yes, there is a lot we have forgotten from school about our country, I hope they are still teaching our History. The 4th is a good time to do some recounting. This is the best and greatest country in the world and I am privileged to have been born here.
Sherry & jack

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I hope you have a fun-filled holiday. I always enjoy the fireworks on that day. However, I am not a fan of those shooting them off for the month and more afterwards. Our Vets and pets have a tough time with all that noise.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

May the Fourth be with you too! This week is going to be a fun time for many. I've been hearing fireworks going off for over a week already in my neighborhood. Fireworks displays will be mostly on Wednesday in our area. I don't go to see them anymore, but sometimes, if I'm lucky I'll see some at a distance from my window. Happy 4th of July! Enjoy!

Sandra said...

the baby shirt is adorable, hope he doesn't see this. i did not know about the presidents born or dieing on the 4th.

Chatty Crone said...


Abby said...

Happy fourth to you! Thanks for the history lesson :). The baby-shirt pic is adorable. We won't tell him.

Nonnie said...

Happy 4th to you, too! May we always celebrate freedom in this country! Thanks for all the history reminders. Love Disco with his headdress and your grandson with the tee-shirt. Yes, lately, kids are saying, "don't post this on Facebook" and you're right, they don't understand. But the blog? Heh, heh! Someday they will love it.

betty said...

I love the picture of your grandson with his shirt from being a newborn! My has he grown, LOL!

I didn't know some of those facts you shared about the 4th of July, like the one with how many presidents died on it. Very interesting.

I hope you have a nice 4th of July, Sandie! It will be a quiet one here but I'm sure a lot of kids will be putting on fireworks around the neighborhood. How does Disco do with fireworks?


Red Rose Alley said...

Aahh, poor Disco is not going to like hearing the fireworks on the 4th. Most dogs don't and they hide under anything they can. I like the quote on the joyful words, that's a special one. And I LOVE the picture of your grandson with the t-shirt he wore when he was born. They do grow up fast, Sandie. I saw Francesca this weekend, and she gets bigger every time. Not doing much for the fourth, but like you, glad to be free!

Have a good day, dear friend.

love, ~Sheri

Ginny Hartzler said...

How special that you still have the little shirt!! And I love the Fourth Facts! What will you be doing?? I bet fireworks scare Disco!

barbara woods said...

Happy forth to you dear friend

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Happy 4th to you also.... That young grandson of yours has really grown up, hasn't he?

Love the funny quote about friends.... We certainly don't live a dull and boring life for sure!!!! ha

Loved re-reading the facts you posted.... Great history lesson...

Have a great week....
PS---I'm still amazed that you went sky-diving.... That is just SO awesome.

Terri D said...

Disco dressed up... so cute! Andy's baby shirt... too cute! Wishing you and yours a fun 4th of July!!

LL Cool Joe said...

The 4th of July is just an ordinary day here in the UK but I hope you have fun! Looks like Disco is already to party!

Mevely317 said...

Lovin' that pix of Andy! (Shhh, my lips are sealed!)
Embarrassed to realize how much of our history I DIDN'T know. I hope your new week is remarkable!

Lee said...

A fun post, Sandie.

May the Fourth be with you!

Enjoy your independence to do what you wish on Independence Day! Take good care. :)

Susan said...

Hi Sandie...
So glad to read Massachusetts was the first state to declare July 4th as an official holiday. Actually, it's the state for a LOT of firsts."
Yes, grandson would definitely kill you if he saw the photo you posted but heck, it's so doggone cute. Happy 4th, Sandie. Hugs. Susan

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Awesome facts that I didn't know
The Tee Shirt photo is adorable

photowannabe said...

Happy 4th to you too.
Love the last photo of the newborn shirt..(:0)
You always find such funny things to post.
Thanks for my giggle today.

Lisa said...

Interesting facts. This was a fun read.
I love Independence Day.
Happy 4th to you !!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Happy 4th of July to you and your family!

Lowcarb team member said...

Such a fun post!
May the Fourth be with you too!

My good wishes.

All the best Jan

Azka Kamil said...

awesome article.
thanks for sharing and have a nice day :)

Small Kucing said...

Hi my dear friend. Am back again.

It's an unpaid holiday? Is it still so till today? Interesting bits of info coz I never thought of that as over here holidays mostly are paid. And if required to work, employer have to pay double.

You kept the T-shirt for so long. Didn't do any "konmarie" . LOL

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry im so late wishing you a happy fourth but I enjoyed this post a lot!