July 4th is celebrated in America because it was on that day in 1776 when the members of the Second Continental Congress adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. When the war ended in 1783 the 4th of July was celebrated as a holiday, but not in all states. In Massachusetts, it replaced March 5th, The Boston Massacre, as the most widely celebrated patriotic holiday. Some states celebrated with speeches, parades, fireworks and even gunfire. Finally, in 1941, Congress declared July 4th a federal holiday.
I don’t know about you, but where we’re from we always start the 4th early with our local town parade. But when visiting Blythe Cove Manor you’ll find they do things a bit differently. The town gathers downtown at noon for a barbecue, and the parade starts later in the day. At 5 o’ clock you can follow the parade through town or set up some chairs along main street. The public are welcome to join the parade if they have a vintage car or a float they would like to enter. Make your way down to Memorial Wharf at dusk, or anywhere along the harbor front, and enjoy the fireworks over the water. It’s free for all and all are welcome.
Wherever you are, we hope you are having a wonderful Independence Day weekend. Happy 4th of July!