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Happy 4th of July!


Hopefully you are enjoying friends, family and wonderful weather today.  Here is a few summer cottages in Harbor Springs, Michigan dressed for the occasion.

A favorite blue summer cottage

Fourth of July Trivia

  • Did you know the first Independence Day was celebrated on July 8, 1776?
  • The first public Fourth of July event at the White House occurred in 1804.
  • The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not sign at the same time, nor did they sign on July 4, 1776. The official event occurred on August 2, 1776, when 50 men signed it.
  • The origin of Uncle Sam probably began in 1812, when Samuel Wilson was a meat packer who provided meat to the US Army. The meat shipments were stamped with the initials, U.S. Someone joked that the initials stood for “Uncle Sam”. This joke eventually led to the idea of Uncle Sam symbolizing the United States government.

Click to read the Declaration of Independence, it is a bit surprising what we forget…

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