On July 4, Americans around the world stop to celebrate the nation’s most important secular holiday – the one that is universally known as Independence Day. Throughout the country, Americans gather to celebrate Colonial America’s independence from England and the end of British rule with regional and local traditions. Here at Moravian Florist, our team of fantastic floral designers has worked hard to come up with a variety of spectacular flower arrangements just for the 4th of July.
Independence Day Basket
Historical Information Regarding Independence Day
The War for Independence, known as the American Revolution, continued until August 2, 1783. What Independence Day commemorates is the date on which the members of the Second Continental Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. Our Founding Fathers used that document to declare independence from England.
According to James Heintze who wrote “The Tradition of Celebration by the Adams Family,” John Adams was probably more instrumental in turning the idea of the Declaration of Independence into reality than any other member of the Congress. That was because he was such a vocal proponent of independence during all the negotiations of the Continental Congress.
Interesting 4th of July Trivia
- John Adams sent his wife Abigail a letter dated July 3, 1776. He told her that he believed that from that day forward, Americans would celebrate the day with ceremonies, parades, games, bells, bonfires, illuminations and more. It’s truly amazing that his prediction is still true – 239 years later.
- A legislative resolution of 1781 established Massachusetts as the first colony to have an official 4th of July celebration.
- In 1783, Boston became the first city to declare that July 4 was a holiday.
- In 1783 North Carolina Governor Alexander Martin became the first governor to issue an official order proclaiming that the 4th of July would be the day on which the country’s independence would be celebrated in his state.
- New Jersey Governor William Livingston recognized the importance of the day in his speech of July 4, 1787.
- On July 4, 1832, Maryland Governor George Howard issued a recommendation that the people of Maryland observe July 4 as a day of worship.
- In 1870, Congress passed the first legislation giving federal employees the day off on July 4. Although federal workers got the day off, they weren’t paid for the day.
People have their own traditions for celebrating the 4th of July, and for many, that includes family gatherings, barbecues, picnics and trips to summer homes. It doesn’t matter whether you’re celebrating as a family or having a gathering of friends, neighbors, and extended family, creating a festive atmosphere is an important part of hosting any event. There is no better way to do it than with flowers.
We’ve chosen some of our favorite July 4 arrangements to showcase. Perhaps these will help you figure out how you want to decorate your home or celebration table on Independence Day.
Our Freedom Bouquet may be small, but it’s big on elegance. It is the perfect accent for any table, and it won’t get in the way of your fun or celebrations. We use a clear glass cube to showcase the gorgeous red roses and red carnations, white spray chrysanthemums, purple statice, and myrtle. We add a miniature American flag to give this delightful arrangement, the attention it truly deserves.