4th of July Crossword Puzzle

Fourth of July Fireworks for Independence Day

The Fourth of July is also called Independence Day. It is a federal holiday. Schools, banks, post offices, and government offices are closed on the Fourth of July. The Fourth of July is our most important national holiday because it celebrates the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence announced America’s independence from Britain. It was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Thomas Jefferson was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence.



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Flag Day Trivia

10 Fun Facts About the American Flag

The American flag may literally just be a piece of fabric, but the more you know, the more you can appreciate the symbolism embodied in each thread.
by Brittany Marklin

Since 1916 we have set aside June 14th as National Flag Day in honor of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official American flag. The American flag unites us as a country and represents what our country was built on: liberty and freedom. Literally, it’s just a piece of fabric, but the more you know about it, the more you come to appreciate the symbolism each thread embodies.

National Flag Day Trivia

1) There are 50 stars and 13 stripes on the American flag. The 50 stars represent each of the 50 states in the U.S. and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies that became the first states in the Union.

2) History states that red, white and blue were chosen as the colors to represent valor (red), liberty and purity (white), and justice and loyalty (blue).

3) There have been 27 official versions of the American flag, each with a different amount of stars.

4) When Alaska and Hawaii become states 49 and 50, President Eisenhower received thousands of ideas for an updated flag. Robert G. Heft, a 17-year old high school student from Ohio, submitted his version that he created for a class project, and it was accepted and remains in use today. Can you believe that Robert got a B- on his project?

5) Betsy Ross was a seamstress who made clothes for George Washington. In June, 1776, Washington approached her to make the first American flag, and the rest is, well, history.

6) Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to our national anthem after he witnessed the British attack at Fort McHenry. He watched the British ‘rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,’ yet still saw  ‘that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.’

7) What’s left of the 15-star, 15-bar flag that immortalized the national anthem is on permanent display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

8) After a tragedy like September 11th, 2001, or a death like Abraham Lincoln, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days as a representation of the whole nation being in a state of mourning  It’s called ‘half staff’ on land, and ‘half mast’ on a ship.

9) Of the six American flags that are planted on the moon, five of them are still standing. Which one is not? The first one, planted by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission.

10) According to the U.S. Flag Code website, when the American flag is flown at night it must be illuminated; it should never be flown in bad weather; it can only be flown upside down to signal distress; it must be raised quickly and lowered slowly; and no other flag can be placed above it. The flag should be flown during school days in or near every school building. It’s a myth that the flag must be burned if it touches the ground. The flag must be burned if it’s damaged and is no longer suitable for flying.

Source: GlobalPost


The 25 Best Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts Your Dad **Actually** Wants

With Father’s Day right around the corner, now’s the perfect time to get the most important guy in your life—whether that’s your dad, grandfather, or husband/baby daddy—a gift he’ll appreciate for years to come. Even if you’ve been procrastinating (guilty) or just forgot (oops), thanks to the almighty internet, you can still score a last-minute gift that’s totally thoughtful and arrives in record time. So, even if you had no idea Father’s Day was **this** Sunday (yep, you read that right), don’t worry—the perfect gift is only a few clicks away. Check out the 25 best last-minute Father’s Day gifts that are guaranteed to make any dad smile:

Apple iPad

Got a dad who’s the definition of tech-savvy? He’ll love surfing the web, using apps, streaming video, you name it, on the latest iPad. (And you’ll love borrowing it whenever you’re visiting.)

Freeze Cooling Pint Glasses

If your dad loves cracking open a cold one with the boys, he needs the proper tools. Give him these pint glasses that he can pop in the freezer before popping bottles.

SoundSport In-Ear Headphones

Whether your dad runs marathons or just around the block, he’ll love these sporty headphones that will stay perfectly in place—no matter how strenuous his workout is.

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Flag Day June 14

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.[1] The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775

Happy Flag Day form USA Flag Co. The reason we celebrate Flag Day is because it's the day that marks the adoption of the flag of the United States. This happened on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Flag Day is also a special day for the United States Army because they celebrate their birthday on June 14th.


USA Flag Co.



June-Huge Month for Weddings, So…….

Hugest month for………Anniversaries, of course. That means anniversary gifts.   Hallmark has prepared a list of what they claim to be appropriate anniversary gifts, based on the number of years.

But this is the one and only, official Hallmark wedding anniversary gifts list. It blends tradition with fresh inspiration, and since we think every year is important, there are creative gift ideas for every single anniversary, from the first to the sixtieth. A couple celebrating anniversaries after that can start all over again!

For each year, we give you not only the themes, but also gift suggestions you can really use. We even have some cute anniversary date ideas if you need some inspiration. Since budgets and gift-giving traditions vary, we’ve suggested both inexpensive gestures and over-the-top ideas. Some of these ideas could work for more than one anniversary year, so if you need extra inspiration, read through the whole list. We hope you enjoy it, and we wish you lots of days worth celebrating, all through the year.”

To learn more about each individual anniversary theme, click the anniversary year.

Anniversary Gifts By Year  

I really like some of these suggestions, but they are from Hallmark.  Oh, and don’t forget the anniversary card.