Datebook: July 4 - Happy Fourth of July!

Jul 4, 2012

Happy Fourth of July! Today we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. 

Legal separation occurred on July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence as proposed by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. A committee was chosen, with Thomas Jefferson as principal author, to draft a statement explaining this decision. And so it was finished, and signed on the 4th - the celebration shall commence! We all like to enlighten our relatives that Jefferson and Adams both died on the same day, July 4, 1826, 50 years after signing the declaration. But also, James Monroe died on July 4, 1831. And Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872. Who knows... maybe a future president was born today. On a final note, Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, has been an annual tradition since 1916, beginning as a way to settle a dispute among four immigrants as to who was the most patriotic.

NPR staff read The Declaration of Independence.

It’s Wednesday, the Fourth of July

Monday is the deadline to register for the “Say Y.E.S. To Art” camp, to be held July 23rd through the 27th at the Easter Seals West Kentucky Adult Center.  Kids entering grades six through eight may select one workshop to attend.  Topics include radial design, visual storytelling, printmaking methods, felting, and balsa wood glider construction.  To register, call (270) 442-2453.

Tomorrow there’s a program on the bald eagle at the Nature Station in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.  It starts at 11:30AM.  Same time next Thursday, the Nature Station’s program will be on turtles.  See for details.

The Downtown Paris Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show needs ice cream booth entrants and classic car owners.  The event will be held on the Henry County Courthouse lawn on July 28 from 3 to 6.  More information is available at

See community event details at  Thanks for listening.