Happy Birthday, America

July 03, 2012|Linda Murray | Around West Hagerstown

Wednesday is the Fourth of July, our nation’s 236th birthday.

July Fourth or Independence Day has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.

In June, 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 4, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

From 1776 until the present day, July Fourth has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with celebrations ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.


However you celebrate, may you have a safe and happy Fourth of July.

Congratulations, West End champions

Congratulations to the West End Little League All-Star team for winning the Maryland District 1 tournament for 10-11-year olds on Friday. Good luck in Cambridge, Md., beginning July 14.

South High Class of ’61 to meet for luncheon

The South Hagerstown High School Class of 1961 is planning a luncheon on Wednesday, July 25, at Dimensions restaurant, 132 Old National Pike in Hagerstown.

Classmates, along with their guests, are asked to meet at the restaurant at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call Sandy Norcross at 301-223-9574 or Joe Zimmerly at 301-663-3484.

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