Independence Day
A Grand Salute to the Red, White, and Blue~

Many people know that July 4th is considered "America's birthday" and that it is celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbeques, and other activities. Yet, there are some facts about this day that might surprise or interest you. Here are ten things you may not already know about Independence Day:

  1. John Hancock was the only person to actually sign the Declaration Of Independence on July 4, 1776. The other 55 signers did not sign it until August 2nd or even later.

  2. The youngest signer of the Declaration Of Independence was 26-year-old Edward Rutledge. The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin. He was 70. Most of the signers were in their 30s and 40s.

  3. When the United States became a country, there were approximately 2.5 million people living in the country. Today the population is around 304 million.

  4. In 1778, General George Washington celebrated the 4th of July by giving his soldiers a double ration of rum. On this same day, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, who were in Paris, France, held a dinner for fellow Americans in celebration of this day.

  5. Independence Day was first celebrated on July 4, 1777 in Philadelphia.

  6. The first recorded use of the words "Independence Day" was in 1791.

  7. In 1870, Independence Day was made an unpaid holiday for all federal employees.

  8. The 4th of July was not a legal federal holiday until 1941. At this time, it was made a paid holiday.

  9. Bristol, Rhode Island has the oldest, continuous 4th of July celebration dating back to 1785.

  10. America's Freedom Festival, held in Provo, Utah, is one of the biggest freedom festivals and includes one of the largest parades, a balloon launch, and in the evening the Stadium of Fire. Stadium of Fire is a fireworks display hosted at Brigham Young University's LaVell Edwards Stadium.

There are also some things that have happened on July 4th that don't necessary have to do with Independence Day but are interesting to note.

Three U.S. presidents have died on July 4th. Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the singing of the Declaration of Independence. Five years later, James Monroe died on July 4, 1831.

Calvin Coolidge is the only U.S. president born on the 4th of July. He was born in 1872.

Not only is July 4th the American Independence Day, but it is also Filipino-American Friendship Day.

I'm almost certain that spinach and leafy greens will not be on many July 4th menus...

Do you know.... that spinach isn't as perfect as Pop-Eye would have us believe, the oxalic acid blocks the absorption of calcium and vitamin D. That should make you feel better about all the times you refused to eat it.

Swiss chard is an excellent replacement for spinach, very much the same flavor with a bit of difference in the texture, also known as spinach beet; it is actually an offshoot of the beet family. The big, ruffled leaves can be used to wrap around stuffings or small fish for steaming or roasting on the grill. Its firm, crisp stems, which may be cooked separately range in color from white to pink to ruby red. Spinach is a member of the goosefoot family that first grew in southwestern Asia, though no one knows exactly when. Some clues as to its age do exist: the Greeks didn't know about spinach, nor is there a Hebrew term for it, but the Persians called it aspanakh. Some botanists have proposed Spain as its place of origin.

The vegetable gardens at Sage Hill are in full production. A few crops have given way to the heat and the beds have been cleaned out and ready for a second planting that will be ready for the fall table.

Onions, garlic, snow peas, lettuces, beets, and radish are among the crops that are over.

We will be planting bush beans, more lettuces, and field peas and purple hull peas...yummy!

We had an excellent crop of Lavender and a second blooming is looking good.

The zinnia beds and the wild flower area is beginning to bloom, they are usually breath taking.

The native grass area that hubby adopted is beautiful and he is having much fun learning and applying.

Places and People We Know and Love~ - A new look and better than ever content.

One of my all time favorite people- smart, beautiful, and a woman on the move, you must get to know this lady and her business.

A reminder that our food sources often times leave much to be desired in the area of nutrition . You can add a big boost to all your table favorites with herbs and herbal seasonings from Sage Hill Farms.

No chemicals, no processing , no junk additives...what's not to love~

Have a fabulous and safe holiday.....remember and be grateful for how and why this country came to be.

Bea Kunz