happy birthday, America

looking good!

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One thing’s for sure, America ages beautifully. She’s turning 238 years old today and you know what, she’s still got it!

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July or even American’s birthday, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Sidebar for a little history break- we then declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (which is now officially known as the United Kingdom). Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks,parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

If you happen to be in DC today and “don’t have anything” to do. I have a few thoughts for you, head to the parade, the baseball game or even to the Capitol lawn for “A Capitol Fourth“, a free concert and then you will have the best view in town for the fireworks.

Did you know that the Washington, DC celebration of America’s Birthday attracts over half a million people annually?

God Bless America, land that I love. Today, American, I raise a glass to you. Here’s to you, America.

location, location, location

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Folks, I am talking about the 4th of July in our Nation’s Capital. No, it’s not “too far” away to start planning the best holiday known to mankind. Fourth of July in Washington, DC is something special. DC is crawling with tourists who infested the city like a bad flu, but even with them around nothing can stop me from enjoying the birthday of my nation.

Let’s get to the nitty gritty. Where are you watching your fireworks? After a long discussion with my friends we finally found the perfect place! No, I am not telling you where we are going, but I will tell you a few gems for suggestions. Spectacular views of the fireworks can be seen from the following:

I hope you use one of these locations for fireworks or find an even better hidden gem!

flag day

a little history

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I never knew Flag Day was such a big deal. Matt gave me the suggestion to write a post about Flag Day to inform people on what it is. After accepting his idea on the blog post, I realized that I had no idea what Flag Day really was either. Flag Day is actually really interesting and I am happy to hear what I’ve learned with you.

June 14, 1777 the Continental Congress adopted a resolution stated the design of the American flag, “that the flag of the United States shall be of  thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation.”  Though the Continental Congress fought for this resolution the observance of the adoption of the flag was not seen in their lifetime. Although there are many claims to the first official observance of Flag Day, all but one took place more than an entire century after the flag’s adoption in 1777.  Both President Wilson, in 1916, and President Coolidge, in 1927, issued proclamations  asking for June 14 to be observed as the National Flag Day. But it wasn’t until August 3, 1949, that Congress approved the national observance, and President Harry Truman signed it into law.

Now to some present day facts:

The National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution as part of its observance of the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.

Dimensions are enormous: 30 by 42 feet. Fashioned of red, blue and undyed wool, with cotton for the 15 stars, the banner was planned as a bold statement to the British who were sure to come. When they did come in September 1914, Key witnessed the forceful — but unsuccessful — bombardment of the Fort. As the story goes, thus inspired, he wrote his famous words on the back of an envelope. Various Reisterstown residents, some years later, undoubtedly had chats with Francis Scott Key, Jr. and his famous father when the two came shopping in the village from Key Jr.’s home, “The Elms,” several miles up Westminster Pike.

This flag was turned over many years later to the Smithsonian, after a $7 million restoration — thanks in part to designer Ralph Lauren — now is displayed in a temperature-controlled chamber.

 

test your knowledge

on American history

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Everyone isn’t a history buff, and that’s fine. However, there are somethings I truly think you should know. After watching his clip from the O’Reilly Factor I am utterly applauded with my generation of Americans.  On Memorial Day, O’Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Watters headed to a Long Island beach to ask beach-goers basic U.S. history questions like “Who did America fight in the Revolutionary War?” and “What was the Civil War about?” Are those questions you can answer without Googling? Take a look at the clip blow and let me know your thoughts.

 

Take it from Glenn Beck my friends, “We know our educational system is bad, right? But if you asked simple questions about the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, you would think that we would know [the answers],” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Here is the stunning result.”

baseball

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To me, today was the perfect day for a baseball game. Now, that the season of summer is finally here, we have no excuses to be outside (unless that excuse is, it’s too humid). Earlier, I posted about Memorial Day and how we need to recognize the brave men and women who fight for our freedom. On days like this, where we do recognize the courage of others we should take a step back and really think about how great we have it off. Appreciation goes along way. Today, I was at the baseball game, and on several accounts Veterans and our service men and women were recognized and it was breathtaking. Whether it was at a baseball game, an airport or in the grocery store I hope you had the opportunity to show your gratitude towards our freedom and service members.

thank you

for being my friend

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Here’s a shout out to all of my friends. Now, if you’ve never had the opportunity to watch Golden Girls, I’m sorry.  The Golden Girls is a true American sitcom. Let me give you a little recap, the Golden Girls is based on the lives and interactions of four older women whom have all been divorced/widowed, and are now roommates. One of the main character’s, Dorothy, main goal during the series is to find a companion who she can relate to while her mother Sophia adds her comical outlook and frequents “Picture This” stories.  Another character, Rose, who is from St. Olaf has many cliches which make her a little corny but lovable. One thing that changes nearly every episode is whom the last main character, Blanche, is dating.

This is one of the best American sitcoms that came into our homes. With a great theme song, “Thanks For Being My Friend,” I can’t think of a better way than this to say thanks to my friends.

#baseballisback

it’s about time

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Finally, it’s that time of the year when everything seems right in the world. My friends, the greatest sport known to mankind is back. Baseball is back. This is going to be one hell of a season and I am more excited than ever to see what is in store for my teams, the Nationals and the Brewers. The power, the awe, the greatness, and everything we love about baseball is finally back. Here’s to another season of American’s pasttime, because the wait is over and baseball is back!

 

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Presidents

Happy Birthday?

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So, it is Presidents Day, but from my last post, you can sense a myth. For a long time, some arbitrary Monday in February has been deemed “Presidents Day”. After reading a few articles, the question of, “Is it really George Washington’s birthday or is it Abraham Lincoln’s birthday?” today has come up.

So the answer unfolds after reading many articles. President’s Day 2014 is today, February 17, but I have come to learn that today  is neither the birthday of Washington or Abe. In fact, Lincoln’s birthday was on 12 February, while Washington’s falls on 22 February. According to the US National Archives, the passage of Public Law 90-363 in 1968 moved the traditional observance of Washington’s birthday from February 22 to the third Monday in February. Since Washington’s birthday fell right after Lincoln’s birthday (February 12), many states chose to combine the two events into President’s Day, a day that is now used for honoring all former US Presidents.

Though it may not be George Washington or Abe Lincoln’s actual birthdays, Presidents’ Day is still a good excuse to raise a glass to our entrepreneurial first President, or anyone for that matter. Go on, grab your whiskey and raise a toast to our forefathers.

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Happy Presidents Day, my fellow Americans. I hope you are enjoying your day off and doing something truly American and celebrating our forefathers.

My friends, Presidents Day is really a myth. Today, I read a really interesting article that talks about the myth and consistory behind this day. As a teaser, this is what the opening paragraph has to say (maybe it will make you want to read more). “When is Presidents Day 2014? The correct answer to that question is “never.” When it comes to federal holidays, there is no such thing as Presidents Day. We’ve been saying this for years, but shockingly, the charade continues.”

PS- if you haven’t done anything yet to celebrate our forefathers, let me give you a few ideas:

– drink whiskey
– go to the shooting range
– eat blueberry pancakes
– wave the American flag
– watch Saving Private Ryan

SOTU

The State of The Union Address 2014

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Tonight we have the opportunity to watch President Obama address the Union. If you aren’t attending a watch party or don’t have cable, you have multiple options of how to watch the State of The Union.

The President will present his SOTU address before a joint session of Congress. The speech will begin at 9 PM ET.

From his SOTU addresses in the past, President Obama focused on the economy. He touched on jobs, innovation and cooperation as well. It will be interesting tonight to see how the President’s previous SOTU will compare to this one.

Many networks will cover the event live but you can also tune in online. The following sites will have a live stream.

The White House will also have a feed going during the SOTU, check it out here White House Live. Keep up with the conversation both on Twitter and Facebook.