Sunday, July 2, 2017

The 4th of July celebrations have begun

Actually, it started last night.  A few fireworks could be heard here and there.

Tonight, though, things got cranked up to eleven.  It sounded like the Normandy invasion around here.  The good news is that it's done nothing but rain the past couple of weeks, so the prospect of wildfires is slim to none.

It seems like every year this stuff starts earlier and earlier.  A few decades from now, I suspect it'll be fireworks every night between Memorial Day and the start of football season.

While we're at it, here's the reason for all the explosions:

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Georgia's signers of the Declaration: Button Gwinnett, George Walton, and Lyman Hall.

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