What to Watch on the 4th of July

Happy Fourth of July!  After you celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence (Which really happened July 2nd) and you have your fill of hot dogs, barbecues, and fireworks, sit down relax and watch a movie.

Here are four movies to watch on the Fourth of July.

  1.  Liberty’s Kids-The First Fourth of July.  A cartoon explaining in detail what happened on July 4, 1776.  Rated TV-Y7.

  2.  John Adams.  The incredible story of John Adams.  No rating.

  3.  Independence Day.  Aliens have come to Earth to destroy it and it is up to Americans on the Fourth of July to save it and all mankind.  A really fun movie. Rated PG-13.

  4. Yankee Doodle Dandy.  The story of George M. Cohan, born on the Fourth of July.  He was a famous musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer.  No rating.

Am I missing one?  I’d love to hear your positive comments…

Flag Rules

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Believe it or not, there are rules to displaying the American Flag.  Below I have written some of the rules if you are interested in reading all of the rules go to the website at the bottom of the page.
  • A flag may only be displayed from sunrise to sunset.  If a flag is to be left out overnight it must be lit up with some type of light source.
  • It is okay to leave the flag out during the rain ONLY if the flag is water-proof.
  • It is okay to display the flag every day but it definitely should be displayed on the following days:
    • New Year’s Day, January 1
    • Inauguration Day, January 20
    • Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, third Monday in January
    • Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12
    • Washington’s Birthday, third Monday in February
    • Easter Sunday (variable)
    • Mother’s Day, second Sunday in May
    • Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
    • Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May
    • Flag Day, June 14
    • Father’s Day, third Sunday in June
    • Independence Day, July 4
    • Labor Day, first Monday in September
    • Constitution Day, September 17
    • Columbus Day, second Monday in October
    • Navy Day, October 27
    • Veterans Day, November 11
    • Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
    • Christmas Day, December 25
    • and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States
    • the birthdays of States (date of admission)
    • and on State holidays.
  • The flag should be displayed in or near every polling place on election days.
  • A flag should be displayed at all schools during school days
  • If there is more than one flag, the American Flag should be centered or higher than the others.  Except for a flag from another nation.  When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they should be on separate poles but of the same height and the flags should be the same size.   This is an International law that states one flag cannot be above another in time of peace.
  • The flag should never be displayed with the union side down, except as a signal of distress or trouble.

This post was written with the help of this website.

Today is Juneteenth

What exactly is Juneteenth? It is a celebration marking the end of slavery in the United States.  The first time this holiday was celebrated was June 19, 1865.  After the Civil War ended Major General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas.  He quickly spread the news that the war had ended and that the slaves had been freed.   As you hopefully remember from reading Lincoln’s speeches during Jump #6, the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves on January 1, 1863.  Sadly, it took two years from the time the Emancipation Proclamation became law until it could be enforced in Texas.  Every year since then, Juneteenth has been celebrated on June 19th with parades, parties, and other celebrations.