Celebrating the 4th of July

On the 4th of July Red River Public Schools reflected on the significance of the day.  Today is the day our nation celebrates as Independence Day. And, even with all the issues and problems, this beautiful country of ours is still the home of the brave and the free.

But it’s interesting to note the Declaration of Independence that we know and teach was not the original document, and it was not signed on July 4, 1776. The original one was a drafted document attached to “the rough journal of the Continental Congress for July 4” and was signed only by John Hancock, President, and Charles Thomson, Secretary.

It was approved later that month by Congress, who ordered it to be handwritten in much larger lettering on parchment with a new title, “The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America.”

In August of 1776, 50 of the 56 members of Congress signed the rewritten document, but it was not until January 1777 that the final member of the remaining 6 made it official by signing. And that’s, as they say, the rest of the story.

In our area, the Journal noted many celebrations of family and friends gathered.  There was usually grilling involved.  Quite a few folks had bounce houses set up.  And fireworks could be heard each night.

Many of the local agencies posted holiday greetings.  Banks, the post office, and other agencies were closed.  And some businesses in Coushatta were closed on Monday.

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