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Dallas Courier: Fourth of July Facts

Posted by Aynsley Kindig on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 @ 09:06 AM

This is the land of the free, the home of the brave. We have men and women fighting for our freedoms as I write this. That is always a humbling thought for me. They are serving their country so I can work where I want, live where I want, worship where and how I want, and vote for who I want in leadership positions. Freedom truly is not free. And in the coming week, our team at Dallas Courier is saluting each and every serviceman and servicewoman that protects the freedoms we enjoy daily.

In case you haven't noticed, our company loves America. Whenever a patriotic holiday is near, our blog turns to all things red, white and blue. Why? Well, it's simple. America is the reason we exist. We have a free market where entrepreneurs can start companies from scratch. Competition is encouraged, which makes service better and better for the customer. So, needless to say, we celebrate the Fourth of July in a big way. Becoming the best courier company in Dallas would not be possible without freedom. Making 24 hour deliveries Dallas would like not be possible either. So celebrate we must.

In honor of the upcoming holiday, we figured it was high time we give out some July 4th factoids. After all, I know how easy it is to get caught up in the lake activities and fireworks and forget the whole meaning of the celebration. So, let's get back to the basics this July 4th:

  • The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence on July 4th, 1776.

  • The Declaration of Independence was drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776. The Continental Congress appointed Jefferson to the five person committee to draft the Declaration (The other committee members were: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman).

  • Technically, Independence Day should be August 2, 1776. That's when a majority of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, 50 of the 56 to be exact, put pen to paper.

  • Did you know that fighting began with Britain in 1775? The Declaration was not drafted until 1776. King George pushed us to our brink, and thus a passion for independence grew.

  • Thanks to Timothy Matlack, the Declaration of Independence is truly a piece of art. His handwriting is amazing and impeccable. Unfortunately, the original copy has long since faded due to a lack of high tech preservation techniques. You can still make out quite a bit of the lettering, so it is worth the visit to Washington D.C. to see it. We still have our first delivery ticket from more than 30 years ago. It's amazing to see how much it has faded in those thirty years of Dallas deliveries. I can't imagine more than 200 years of fading!

  • There is something written on the back of the Declaration - but it is not a treasure map as some might hope. It is quite simple: "Original Declaration of Independence, dated 4th July 1776" appears on the bottom of the document, upside down

  • The Declaration was engrossed on parchment paper which is made of animal skin treated with lime so allow for stretching and durability.

  • John Hancock, the President of Congress, was the first to sign with his wellknown 'John Hancock.'

This Fourth of July, don't forget to remember the history of our great nation. Many people lost their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today. So amidst the fireworks, hotdogs and pool time, take a moment to remember what the Fourth is really about. And while you're at it, join our Dallas Courier team in praying for our troops, both abroad and at home.

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