I had a moment of thoughtfulness yesterday brought on by today being the 4th of July - what IS a Patriot? Am I patriotic? Is that good or bad?
When I researched the topic I was intrigued by the different interpretations applied to this word by the Urban Dictionary and the Webster version.
Urban Version: A real patriot is someone who loves their country enough to speak up when they see something that needs to be changed; not someone who blindly assumes that their government knows best and is always right no matter what
Webster Version: One who loves and supports his or her country
I find that both versions challenge me to be a better person living in community. Now onto something less serious...
4 Fascinating Fourth of July Facts:
1) July SECOND should really be Independence Day:
According to author Kenneth C. Davis, July 2nd may actually be the more appropriate date to mark our Nation’s special day!
During an interview with CBS This Morning, Davis shared that John Adams wrote home to his wife, Abigail, that July 2nd will go down in history. “We will celebrate it with parades and pomp and bells ringing and fireworks!” July 2nd?
This is because Congress actually ruled in favor of Independence on July 2nd, but it wasn’t until two days later, on the 4th, that Congress accepted Jefferson’s declaration
2) July Fourth is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year:
Americans reportedly consume about 155 million of them on this day alone!
3) Turkey vs. Bald Eagle:
Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who recommended the bald eagle. Personally, I like turkeys and have a few of them that live on my farm. However, it IS hard to picture the turkey as our National Symbol
4) Population Explosion:
In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today the population of the U.S.A. is 327 million!
Thank you to my friend, Brooke Dusk for the inspiration for this article.
Have a wonderful time celebrating today and if you are working - please know that we appreciate your efforts!