Happy 4th of July week!

Good Morning! Welcome to Summertime (this quarter’s theme) This week we will be celebrating the 4th of July. Most of us will be having a shortened work week to get an extended weekend to spend with family and friends. What are your plans for the weekend?

Happy 4th of July

Significance of the 4th of July

The 4th of July is designated to celebrate our country’s independence with picnics, parades and fireworks. So, let’s start this post with a little bit of background about Independence Day.

According to Wikipedia, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress. It declared that the original thirteen American colonies would become a new nation and no longer be a part of the British Empire.

From the onset, Americans celebrated the anniversary of this event on the date the declaration was signed and appears on the actual document, July 4th, 1776, rather than the date the resolution was approved, which was July 2nd. Not only is the difference in these dates an issue and disputed fact, but it isn’t even certain that the declaration was even signed on July 4th, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin later wrote they actually did sign it on the 4th.

Some additional bits of trivia about July 4th

  1. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration to later become presidents of the United States, died on the same day, July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of when the Declaration was supposedly signed.
  2. Another Founding Father, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, now the third president who has died on the holiday.
  3. So far there has only been one president born on Independence Day, Calvin Coolidge, our 30th president, was born on July 4, 1872.

Through writing my blogs, I learn many fun facts about different events in the history of our country.  I hope you find some of them interesting too.  I wonder if one of these facts will win me any money in a trivia contest someday.

Next week in Sharon’s Monthly News, we will talk more about this quarter’s theme, Summertime, and this month’s topic, diversity and inclusion.

All of us at Selma P. Verde and Mentoring A Dream hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Looking for some reads for your teens?

The Way Series by Selma P. Verde has some great novels for your teens to read about challenges that they or their friends may be facing. These are the three main books of the series.

The Way Series books image

Last week, we added Josh’s Story to the list of books you can purchase for you or your teen reader. It is a short story. It is available an ebook format and the paperback version is only 40 pages with a fold over cover. Looking for a short read about bullying from the side of the one who bullies? Josh’s Story would also be a great way to check out The Way Series.

Josh's Story Cover Image

All of these books are available for purchase in ebook or paperback formats. For more information about the series, visit Selma’s Author Website. Selma’s Books

Have a great week!

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