Taxation without representation!
This is probably not the common statement you will hear this holiday weekend, but it is due to this strong sentiment that our country is now celebrating its 239th Birthday.
With our thoughts turning to barbeques, family and friends gathering and fireworks, it is important to also learn about the start of our nation as we are now able to celebrate this important holiday.
The signing Declaration of Independence is often thought of occurring on July 4th, however the Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 . Read more about this document here.
As you are preparing for the weekend check out this site where you can hear Stars and Stripes Forever in a recording from 1896 as well as a modern recording from 2010.
If you are in the twin cities this weekend, here is a guide to all of the festivities in Minneapolis and its surrounding communities.
City Pages also has a listing of the various places to celebrate the fourth of July.
In case you are unable to make it out for fireworks, PBS offers A Capitol Fourth and is showing it throughout the holiday weekend. With musicians, fireworks and bands it should be a fantastic program to watch. Click here for more information.
However you celebrate the Independence of our Nation, we wish you a fun and safe holiday weekend!