Don’t worry- I’m not going to get all ‘Merica on you, but it is nice to share some facts with your children about the holiday. Here are a few & don’t forget to enjoy your holiday. <3
- There is debate that Benjamin Franklin proposed that the Turkey should be the national bird, “For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America…”
- 150 million hot dogs were consumed July 4th, 2016.
- The colors on the flag represent:
White: purity and innocence.
Red: hardiness and valor.
Blue: vigilance, perseverance, and justice.
- Traditions place the origins of “Yankee Doodle” as a pre-Revolutionary War song originally sung by British military officers to mock the disheveled, disorganized colonial “Yankees” with whom they served in the French and Indian War. Proving that not matter what century you are in, boys will find ways to make fun of each other in creative & elaborate ways. Here is the words with their intended insults:
Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony, (making fun of the size/cheapness of their horses)
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni. (a silly poor version of the wigs worn in England)
Yankee Doodle keep it up,
Yankee Doodle dandy, (a man unduly devoted to style and fashion in dress and appearance)
Mind the music and the step, (mocking their inability to march all together)
And with the girls be handy. (too touchy with young ladies in an unrefined way)
Father and I went down to camp,
Along with Captain Gooding,
And there we saw the men and boys
As thick as hasty pudding. (uneducated/intoxicated/no sense of humor)
My Challenge to you: Enjoy your holiday and stay safe. <3
Happy 4th of July friends!
– Jessie the Therapist