Independence day celebrates the 233rd birthday of the
United States of America. Founded July 4th, 1776,
with the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Here in the U.S., this annual holiday commemorates the
formal adoption by the Continental Congress of the
Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, in
Philadelphia. Although the signing of the Declaration was
not completed until August, the Fourth of July holiday has
been accepted as the official anniversary of U.S.
independence and is celebrated in all states and
At the time
of the signing the United States consisted of 13 colonies under the rule of
England's King George III. There was a growing unrest in the colonies
concerning the taxes that had to be paid to England. This was commonly
referred to as "Taxation without Representation" as the colonists
did not have any representation in the English Parliament and had no say in
what went on. As the unrest grew in the colonies, King George sent extra
troops to help control any rebellion. In 1774 the 13 colonies sent
delegates to Philadelphia Pennsylvania to form the First Continental Congress.
The delegates were unhappy with England, but were not yet ready to declare
In April 1775 as the King's troops advanced on Concord Massachusetts, the
battle of Concord would mark the unofficial beginning of the colonies war for
June 1776 a committee was formed to compose a formal declaration of
independence headed by Thomas Jefferson. The committee included John
Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman. Thomas
Jefferson was chosen to write the first draft which was presented to the
congress on June 28th. A vote was taken late in the afternoon of July
4th. Of the 13 colonies, 9 voted in favor of the Declaration, 2 -
Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted No, Delaware was undecided and New York
abstained. To make it official John Hancock, President of the
Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence.
hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that
they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that
among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure
these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just
powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of
Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People
to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its
foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to
them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
Excerpt of the Declaration of Independence.
observance of this holiday was held on July 8th, 1776, the Declaration had its
first public reading in Philadelphia's Independence Square. Twice that
day the Declaration was read to cheering crowds, while bands played, people
celebrating with candles which they lit and placed in their windows, and
pealing church bells. Even the bell in Independence Hall was rung.
The "Province Bell" which would later be renamed "Liberty
Bell" after it's inscription - "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All
the Land Unto All the Inhabitants Thereof."
Independence Day celebration took place the following year on July 4, 1777,
and by the early 1800s the traditions of parades, picnics, and fireworks were
established as the way to celebrate America's birthday. The actual
legal holiday was declared in 1941.
In 1859 the
Banneker Institute of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania urged African-Americans to
celebrate Independence Day while bearing witness to the inconsistencies
between the ideals espoused in the Declaration of Independence and the
practice of slavery. Banneker's orator of the day, M. Jacob C.
White, Jr., also promised his audience a brighter future.
We have learned by experience and by
the comparison of ourselves with people similarly situated, to hope that, at
some day not very far in futurity, our grievances will be redressed, that
our long lost rights will be restored to us, and that, in the full stature
of men, we will stand up, and with our once cruel opponents and oppressors
rejoice in the Declaration of our common country, and hail with them the
approach of the glorious natal day of the Great Republic.
Mr. Jacob C.
White Jr., Introductory Remarks
the years the 4th of July celebration tradition continued, and it was/is
customarily celebrated publicly with parades and pageants, patriotic speeches,
and organized firing of guns and cannons and displays of fireworks.
However, in the 20th century public concern for a "safe and sane"
holiday resulted in restrictions on general use of fireworks. Family
picnics and outings are a feature of private Fourth of July celebrations.
Today the most popular way to celebrate Independence Day is to get together
with family and friends, have a "cook out" and attend a fireworks
see and read the Declaration
of Independence please CLICK HERE or the picture on the left!
As we stated a year ago, "we know
Independence means many different things to so many of you, but the overall
meaning is freedom, freedom from persecution, from hunger, oppression, even
financial freedom and most importantly freedom from within (freedom of
negative thoughts, and freedom from hatred and intolerance). For us the
most important thing we are seeking is financial freedom and we are thrilled
because we are well on our way to accomplishing this goal.
We say to many of you please continue
trying to attain the freedom of whatever you are seeking to be rid of, or
We at Arious wish you our on-line family
(those who were born in the US and to the many who have made the US your home)
the best 4th of July...actually a very happy Independence day holiday!!!!!
of Pop The Legendary Michael Jackson
- Gone But Will Never Be Forgotten
Gosh, many of us are still shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of
this remarkable, talented and brilliant man and legend - Mr. Michael Jackson.
It's awful losing such a superb individual. Our friends and family
who were close with Michael are extremely devastated by this loss, and it's
difficult expressing their feelings. Stay tuned, once everything settles
down we will prepare a tribute to Mr. Jackson, and we will share with you our
experiences, thoughts and feelings.
DC Caribbean Carnival has come and gone, and we had a fantastic
time. Indeed it was electrifying and definitely full
We participated in the 3 mile Parade, and was
afforded the opportunity to expose our business to
thousands, especially the new Caribbean Social network www.mycaribbean.us.
As you can imagine, we are very pleased with the
exposure, and was thrilled to meet so many people who
are members of www.mycaribbean.us,
and who are a part of our on-line family.
Actually, we would like to thank the many who took the
time to hail us out at all the festivities.
The entire weekend overall was hectic, due to the running from parties to
parties, and every event we were committed to
attend did excellent. The Carnival Friday
Night fete "Flags Till Morning" was
great - the venue, the attendance and the
overall event itself was wonderful. The
Saturday night event "Soca In Motion"
- Bunji Garlin's birthday bash was incredible
(the performances, the venue, and the massive
amounts of people). By Sunday we
were all partied out, so we chilled; but from
all the reports we received "Shine
DC2" was good.
would like to say thanks and express our
appreciation to the promoters of these events
for the love and respect we received over this
weekend. It was certainly a pleasure
working with them: (1) Indigo Concepts,
Sekouflex Entertainement and Superslice, and (2)
Pumpstation Entertainment, East Coast Caribbean
Events and IP Music.
were able to capture some photos on Saturday
during the parade and we have included them
below for you to view. We still have
several more photos of the Carnival committee's
event in the park on Carnival Sunday that
featured Alison Hinds, and soon as we upload
them we will share them with you.
Additionally, a friend captured hundreds of
photos and once we receive them we will share
them with you. We hope you enjoy the
closing we would like to congratulate Jackie and
Associates on his fantastic mas band that won in
several carnival categories, and to Shortmus
Productions on their winnings. We would
also like to congratulate Roots and Culture
promotions. Working with these mas bands
were wonderful. Finally, we would like to
say thanks to the Carnival Committee, and
congratulate them on a nice event..
out our "Featured Events" listed below.
there are several events taking place, so to view all the
Events please log on to our "Events" Page above!
Friday, July 10-12, 2009
HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
July 25, 2009
Arious Entertainment and My Caribbean for The
Miami-Broward Carnival "After Carnival Cruise".
A 4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise Starting at
$169.00/per double occupancy (a substantial savings of up
to 80% off the brochure price of $849.00).
Miami on October
12, 2009, and
making stops in (1) Key West: for us to explore the
beautiful island, and to get a taste of its signature
dessert-the Key Lime Pie; and (2) Cozumel Mexico for us to
discover the ancient Maya ruins, as well as to play on the
white sand beaches of Playa del Carmen on the mainland.
Finally we return to Miami
on October 16, 2009.
note while on the ship all meals are included (24 hours a
day,) with lots of fun and exciting things to do while
aboard including a casino, live shows, entertainment,
games, dancing and lots more.
learn all about this exciting cruise and to book your
ticket now click on the picture below. Once on the
Cruise Travel Page, scroll down and select the October
to learn all the details.
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THE LINK TO LEARN ALL THE DETAILS AND TO MAKE YOUR
RESERVATIONS FOR THIS CRUISE
CAN ALSO CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO THIS FANTASTIC