I know you all like hot dogs! You might want to go to Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the hot dog-eating contest. Nathans’ hot dog contest began in 1916. Immigrant groups were arguing about which group was the most patriotic. Nathan came up with the idea that which ever group could eat the most hot dogs that group would be considered the most patriotic. They all agreed and that is how the argument was settled and we still have that contest.
Do you remember that three of our founders who pledged there lives, fortunes and sacred honor to create the United states died on July fourth. They were presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in1826 and James Monroe in 1831. A strange coincidence!
On July 8, 1776 the Liberty Bell was rung to bring attention to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Dr. Larry P. Arnn, president of Hillsdale College, has launched an annual “Read the Declaration of Independence on July 4 Campaign.” He wants everyone to read the Declaration of Independence on July 4th to their family and loved ones. Quoting Dr. Arnn, “this is important because it is America’s founding document, and the clearest statement of the source of our liberties - GOD, not government. Please obtain a copy and read it to your family, especially teenagers.
John Adams, our second president, in a letter to his wife said that the country should celebrate this day with fireworks, picnics and any way we desired, and so we have. I remember as a boy my father buying me a big shopping bag of fireworks. We were always awakened at dawn by some early bird setting off a very loud firework. It was different then. Young boys could even buy black gun powder out of a barrel at the hardware store to use in homemade cannons. Of course that was after we had used up all our daytime fireworks.