Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence publicly announced to the world the unanimous decision of the American colonies to declare themselves free and independent states, absolved from any allegiance to Great Britain. Though eloquent, the Declaration was only a statement of intent; a bloody, eleven-year war followed. Today, remember those who gave their lives for our liberty.
President Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving as a national holiday in September 1863. Prior to that, the observance was sporadically celebrated, mainly in New England, as a day of feasting and Continue reading Thanksgiving, a Brief History
Aware that they must cross the formidable Sierra Nevada before snowfall blocked their path, California-bound pioneers seldom halted their wagons very long for either births or burials. Independence Day, however, was a different matter. On July Continue reading July 4th on the Plains Across