Origins of the Fourth of July

Hancock International College will only have 4 days of class next week as we will be celebrating Independence Day on July 4th. We often celebrate with friends and family at backyard barbeques throughout the afternoon and, of course, lighting fireworks in the evening. Many people flock to the beach or a nearby park to witness an impressive display usually around the 9 o’clock hour (be certain to check if fireworks are legal in your city as they are prohibited in many cities in California because of the dry weather wildfires are prevalent). If you are an international student be warned the beaches are crazy crowded on the 4th. Many of the streets are blocked off to car traffic, so you are better off biking or walking if possible. ESL students and Americans alike might be curious why we celebrate on the 4th when independence was actually declared on July 2nd. explains, “The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They’d been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.

July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.

In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed!”

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Idiom of the Day

I could eat a horse

Meaning: that someone is so hungry they could (figuratively) eat an entire horse by themselves

Example: Jonathan woke up late so he skipped breakfast. By noon he felt like he could eat a horse.