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, most say because too much else was happening in our young nation. But, in 1817 John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past and soon printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, probably helped promote the idea of July 4th as an important date to be celebrated.
Celebrations of the Fourth of July started to become more common and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress declared July 4 to be a national holiday (along with the official recognition of Christmas). And there you have it … History 101 from LASSO (and the good people out there who have written on this topic before us).
Now on to our most interesting reads this week from the event industry:
- We’ll all need to find one of these events after the holiday weekend
- Theme park or exhibit space?
- TAIT Towers builds massive tree shaped stage as U2 continues their 30th anniversary tour
- Say this, 3 times fast: Schlagerfestival, Schlagerfestival, Schlagerfestival … okay, maybe just read about it
- Legrand is in acquisition mode once more