The Cupola: Notes from the Fourth of July.
Photo credit: Paul Hertneky
This week The Cupola has a decidedly festive feel as we focus our attention on the 4th of July. Here are a few stories we’ve uncovered for you this week:
1) Did you know that the “true” Independence Day is the 2nd of July? That’s the actual day the Continental Congress voted for Independence. The 4th of July is simply when the document went to the printer.
2) Although fireworks may have originated in China, America adopted them early on. In fact, fireworks were shot off at the very first 4th of July celebration in 1777.
3) Here are some of our picks for the best places to watch fireworks:
• In Seattle, Washington, the big party takes place at Gas Works Park by Lake Union. While fireworks may be the main feature, there’s also live music, good grub, a beer garden, and much more throughout the day.
• Portland, Oregon, is spoiled for choices for 4th of July fun. Just east of the city you’ll find the Corbett Fun Festival featuring downhome fun, including pie eating contests, an egg toss, and of course, a spectacular fireworks display.
4) Since 1985, Diamond Sparkler has been making sparklers in Youngstown, Ohio. They are the sole remaining operating sparkler manufacturer in the United States, and during peak season they produce approximately 800,000 a day!
5) Fireworks may be the longest running 4th of July tradition in America, but it’s not the only one. This Wednesday marks Nathan’s 97th annual July Fourth International Hot Dog Eating Contest. How many can you eat?
That’s it for this edition of The Cupola. Leave a comment or send us an email to let us know if you have any tips on how to enjoy the day, or if you just want to share a 4th of July memory.