A Party Almost 200 Years in the Making

patrioticThis year we get a 4th of July bonus. The holiday falls on Saturday. Thus many businesses are closed on Friday (we’re open so even last minute shoppers can get the best patriotic party supplies). Almost all are eager to see spectacular bursts of color in the sky throughout Independence Day weekend.  Not only is it an excuse for the little ones to stay up late and don their favorite glow jewelry, it also is a time for families to come together and celebrate the birth of our country. In the Midwest it has particular importance as one of the few holidays that generally promises good weather for an outdoor party. The Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2nd in 1776, but it took two days before the document, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, was complete. If you order your balloons on July 2nd they’ll be ready for pick up on July 4th, the date that makes U.S. Independence from Great Britain, or as we call it, the birthday of the United States. Back then there were 13 colonies; today three are 48 states, all united to recognize our forefathers and our country’s independence.  And we do it in style.  It is estimated that there are more than 14,000 firework displays across the country. And who knows how many backyard parties, picnics, parades, or barbeques are held each year. We are in the heat of summer and everyone looks forward to an excuse to get together and party. Happy Birthday U.S.A.  Let’s party!

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