By Rock Mayock 8:00 a.m. | It’s July 4 America, that means it’s our birthday… or does it? Due to the fact the FOOTBALLPHDS are PhDs, it is our obligation to assure that our wonderful readers are always the smartest people in whichever room they may find themselves in. Therefore today we will provide a couple of valuable “did you knows” about July 4th and America’s real independence day.
It’s a well known fact that on July 4, 1776, the American Continental Congress declared their independence from Great Britain on behalf of the 13 American colonies they represented. What most people do not take into consideration is the 7 years of war that followed this declaration. Throughout the Revolutionary War the American colonists were aided by both monetary and military assistance from France, Spain, and the Dutch Republic (the Netherlands) with their fight for independence from the English crown. The American Revolutionary War officially came to an end on September 3, 1783, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. Therefore America’s independence day is truly September 3, not July 4.
The Treaty of Paris not only concluded the Revolutionary War but it also divided disputed territories amongst the combatant nations. In a separate treaty France was issued land rights to Tobago and Senegal in addition to fishing rights off of Newfoundland. In the actual Treaty of Paris, Spain was granted the territories of East and West Florida as well as Minorca. The Dutch East Indies were ceded to the British in exchange for Dutch trading privileges with the Dutch East Indies. Of course the American colonies were granted their independence and went on to form the United States of America. The Treaty of Paris was officially ratified by the American Continental Congress on January 14, 1784, hence our national observance of Ratification Day.
Now that we understand Independence Day we can turn our attention to the ways we can celebrate it, regardless of what day it falls upon.
- Fire up the BBQ. Nothing says “Fuck you! I’m celebrating my independence!” like meat cooked over a charcoal grill.
- Set off some fireworks. Nothing says “It’s July 4 bitches!” like M80’s and Roman Candles. Just make sure it’s legal with your city and county.
- Crack open a couple of nice cold brews. I strongly suggest some Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA. It’s big, hoppy and damn good. Plus, nothing says “Don’t tread on me you punk ass” like a 10.8% ABV IPA.
- Crank up some Nate Dogg, E40 and Too $hort because nothing says freedom (or ‘Daddy’)like West Coast rap.
HAPPY JULY 4th! Be safe and have fun.