Happy Second of July

I never thought twice about how the 4th of July was selected to be  Independence Day in the United States until I read the quote below:

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

-John Adams

Fourth of July in Centre Square where Philadelphia City Hall stands today. 1819 painting by John Lewis Krimmel

We can’t be right all the time!    If you would like to know  why we don’t tell one another to have a happy 2nd, click on the links below:

How the Fourth of July was Designated as an “Official” Holiday

Fascinating Facts about the Declaration of Independence

More facts from the National Archives

And have a happy Fourth of July!

And A Happy New Year

Wishing you a Happy New Year from Philadelphia.  

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I hope you are having as much fun as the skaters at the Rothman Rink in Dilworth Park

The Gingerbread House Tour

Fairmount Park is a Philadelphia treasure and the Fairmount Park Houses are some of its jewels. What could be sweeter than some of those mansions recreated in royal icing and gingerbread? Throw in some Philadelphia landmarks and some outstanding chefs, (Click here for list and scroll down.) and you have a recipe everyone will like. Enjoy!

 

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New Years in Philadelphia Means Mummers

Here is a video I took at last years’ winning champion in the Fancy Brigades, the South Philly Vikings performing Ka “Light” Oscope: Harness the Power of the Spectrum

Want to learn more about the Mummers and see some cool archival footage?  Press here and here.