Why we celebrate on July 4

We are having a great time at the library this summer! Our Summer Reading program is going well and we are so happy to see all of our patrons. Our book bucks are available and continue to be one of our most popular items. Remember, you must check out a book to get a book buck. We will have make and take activity projects throughout the week of June 27-July 2.  Regular programs will begin again the week of July 4. The library will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on July 2. During the morning hours of July 2, we will be closed so our staff can participate in the Fourth of July parade. We will be closed July 3 and 4. Make sure you wave at us at the parade and come visit us the afternoon of July 2.

Since the library will be closed on July 4, what will you be doing with your family to commemorate Independence Day? The history of the holiday is important to remember. It allows us to appreciate the importance of why we commemorate this great day in our nation’s history.

“The Fourth of July — also known as Independence Day or July 4 — has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4 has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. The Fourth of July 2022 is on Monday, July 4. John Adams believed that July 2 was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4 events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826 — the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.” (https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/july-4th)

We have materials regarding the Fourth of July, the American Revolution, Continental Congress, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the Declaration of Independence. There are over 60,000 volumes in the building and more offered digitally. We want our community to come in and see what the library is all about. If you read you gain knowledge that will help you form opinions and make decisions that will impact you throughout your life. Knowledge is power. Come to the library and remember your library card. We are one of the coolest places in town. Happy Fourth of July!

Sarah Flanagan is the director of the Flagg-Rochelle Public Library District.


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