Happy 4th of July from Premier Jewelers!

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4th of July at Premier Jewelers

Celebrate the Independence of the United States with us!

There is no better time in the summer than 4th of July to surprise her with Earrings, a Necklace, a TW STEEL Watch, a Braclet or a (gasp) Diamond Engagement Ring from Jacksonville Jeweler Premier Jewelers.

Give them their gift under the 4th of July Fireworks! She’ll remember this Independence Day for a lifetime to come.

Give her… or him a great looking watch. It’s not a watch, it’s a statement

The Fourth of July celebration is the main summer festival. It is a time when most families get together (other than Christmas) because the kids are out of school, and for most the weather is nice. The Fourth of July was the date that our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1776.

Americans just celebrated this event for centuries on their own. But in 1941, Congress finally established the Fourth of July (Independence Day) as a legal holiday.

Now many have said that the Congress actually approved it on July 2, or August 2, the date they really did sign the document. So why the 4th? That was the day the final draft of the Declaration was finished for the August 2nd signing. Confused? They approved the entire idea on July 2, with a rough outline. But on July 4 they actually had their finished drafted after a lot of discussion and ratified it. And it takes a while for everyone to get it signed (remember we didn’t have fax machine then!), so that was done on August 2.

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It was John Adams who wrote his wife and said that the event should be celebrated with pomp and circumstance, parades, shows, games and other stuff. Was he ahead of his time? What he described is the Fourth of July Celebration as we know it today.

The first official 4th of July party was in 1777 ( a year later) in Philadelphia. Warships along the docks fired a 13-gun salute in honor of the 13 states. The soldiers who were in the area, paraded through the streets.

By 1788, the 4th of July celebration also commemorated the U.S. Constitution as well, which was recently approved by 10 out of the 13 states. That year was the first 4th of July parade, with horse-drawn floats, one of which was a huge eagle carrying the Justices of the US Supreme Court.

In 1790, the nation’s capitol moved from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. President Thomas Jefferson celebrated the 4th of July by opening the White House to guests. This custom continued under other presidents as well, until the British burnt the White House in 1814.

Another memorable 4th of July was one held in 1865 on a battlefield at Gettysburg; at the end of the Civil War with a procession of black salves parading through the streets of Richmond, Virginia in 1866; and a Bi-centennial celebration in New York City on July 4, 1976.

The Fourth of July today is a day most Americans stop to celebrate their freedom, appreciate their country, pay respect to those that died to protect us and fly the flag or display it’s red, white and blue colors in any fashion they choose. The Fourth of July usually a combination of our other patriotic holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Veteran’s Day rolled into one. Although some Americans also celebrate those separately from The Fourth of July.

The Fourth of July was extremely popular in the early 1900’s and became more popular at the end of each war. It became more of a family or church picnic time in the 1950’s. Then the 1960’s came and the Vietnam Conflict caused such a division in this country that many just did not feel like celebrating. And then around the 1980’s, for some reason America went through this phase of civil liberties, affirmative action and so with the removal of The Pledge of Allegiance out of the schools, in some cases so went the flag from the schools. And there was this stigma created by a small group that it was simply uncool to show patriotism. Why I am not sure.

But with the Bi-Centennial, and the Statue of Liberty rennovation celebrations, patriotism has slowly come back into the hearts of the American people.