Happy 4th of July
We almost didn’t have a Birthday Celebration…
July 4th is here…time to celebrate the nation’s birthday once again! As my long-time readers know, July 4th is a big celebration day in my family. My father was born on July 4th, and remarkably, our oldest granddaughter, Micaela, was born on July 4th the year after my dad died. Also, my daughter, Dana, and her husband, Kenji, were married on July 4th and will be celebrating their 21stanniversary this year. Per recent history, I will join my brother, sisters, many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends at the Cacho’s to feast on barbeque ribs with my dad’s fabulous and famous barbeque sauce. Of course, the original parties were always in Mississippi at my parent’s house. Most of the Chinese in the MS Delta ran grocery stores so all had to work except on Sundays and holidays. It helped that my Dad’s birthday coincided with a national holiday and all could join the party. Literally, our long driveway and front yard would be parked full of cars belonging to families and friends who had traveled far to feast on my dad’s famous barbeque, enjoy the trove of fireworks, and play mahjong. This was a traditional southern barbeque at its best!
Speaking of Bruce, a Starner Group partner and my son-in-law, he met my family for the first time at one of my dad's July 4thparties. My father James was turning 80 that year, so my daughter Lise convinced her new boyfriend, Bruce, to take planes, trains, and automobiles down to Shelby, MS to meet everyone. My dad had suffered a severe stroke and was pretty much confined to a wheelchair. It is a Chinese tradition to always celebrate birthdays of the elders. So…the party went on with relatives and friends from as far away as Houston…only this time my brothers were the cooks, instead of my Dad. Bruce met the entire family before he had even proposed to Lise (exact quote from Bruce: “I had no idea that many Chinese people with southern accents existed in the world!”). In true Chinese fashion, we put Bruce to work right away; making him hang balloons all over the garage ceiling (he was the only one tall enough to reach!). Well, we must have done something right because he asked Lise to marry him later that year! Truly, the 4th of July is magic for my family!
Bruce and Bill (my brother-in-law) preparing for the 4th at the Cachos
Now, if founding father John Adams had his way, my dad and Micaela would not have had a holiday on which to celebrate their birthdays. Mr. Adams, our second president, believed July 2ndwas America’s birthday. That’s because July 2nd was the date that the colonists held their formal vote to become independent. However, the Continental Congress didn’t formally adopt the Declaration of Independence until July 4th, and hence that day became the official holiday. Rumor has it that John Adams would not accept invitations to July 4th parties in protest.
In the spirit of this patriotic musing, I also wanted to share some more information about how July 4th become a national holiday:
How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?
For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies.
After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top.
The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated.
Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.
I hope July 4th finds all of you well, with plenty of time to celebrate the holiday with friends and family. Scott will be celebrating abroad, visiting his son Jesse, who is attending a summer program in Israel.
I’m proud to again celebrate being on the Forbes 2019 Top Women Advisors list and Barron's Top 100 Women Advisors 2019!
And in case you missed my last Musing, I was also Awarded the following in 2019!
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