Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day


Happy Independence Day



Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
So what did happen on July 4, 1776?

The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They’d been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.
July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.
In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed!



How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?

For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies.
By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change.
After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated.
Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.

Interesting to know isn’t it??

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You’ll love San Francisco with CityPASS

You’ll love San Francisco with CityPASS


The CityPASS

Meeting up with Annie, Director of Tourism Sales and Marketing of CityPASS this week was a great way to learn more about the CityPASS product.

These passes are available to purchase in the UK and a great way to save money on the Cities tourist attractions.


The San Francisco CityPASS will give you access to the most FAMOUS attractions at ONE AMAZING price, with plenty of time to take advantage of the savings! With nine days to use all of the tickets it is perfect for a weekend or week away! CityPASS is the best deal in San Francisco, offering you admission to 5 amazing experiences!

It is all you need to see the best of San Francisco!
San Francisco CityPASS includes admissions to:
Muni & Cable Car 7- day Passport
California Academy of Sciences
Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure
Option Ticket 1:Aquarium of the Bay OR Monterey Bay Aquarium
Option Ticket 2:Exploratorium OR de Young Museum + Legion of Honor
Plus, you will save time as the CityPASS enables you to avoid those queues.
The CityPASS comes with useful information, such as a map, hours of operation, transportation information, contact information and insiders’ tips.

San Francisco CityPass Bonus Offers!
Bloomingdale’s: Includes 15% savings all day, and a signature gift when you spend $100 or more.
AT&T Park: Includes 2 for 1 admission to the Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the San Francisco Giants home ground
GoCar Tours: Includes a second hour at half price!
Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals and Tours: $5 off the daily rate!
Pier 39 Fun Pack: Your CityPass coupon entitles you to dozens of further discounts at Pier 39!

Please Note: With the Option Ticket choice you choose which of the two attractions you prefer to visit. You do not need to decide at the time of purchase which of the two attractions you want to visit.



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