What will we be celebrating on July 4th? It’s been a few years since I studied American history, so Google to the rescue!
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June.
After voting for independence, Congress then focused on the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining their decision, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated for two days (it would take much longer in 2010!) and revised the Declaration and finally approved it on July 4, 1776. In 1791 the holiday became known as Independence Day.
John Adams, who later became the first vice president and second president of the United States, wrote, “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
At the Marco Island Residents’ Beach we will try to live up to President Adams’ view of Independence Day. Thanks to the Marco Eagle “Uncle Sam’s Sand Jam” music will begin at noon and run through the fireworks. You’ll hear all of your favorite new and old tunes along with some patriotic songs mixed in.
Kids’ crafts begin at 12 noon and the second annual hot dog eating contest starts at 1 p.m. Just after the winner of the hot dog eating contest is declared, kids’ games will begin. Who will be declared the “fastest kid on the beach” this year? Who is the best at hoola-hoop? We’ll find out on July 4th.
For those sand sculptors in the crowd, start early. Register at the tent, get your number and flag. Sandcastle judging will begin at 3 p.m. Categories are: best sandcastle, best sea creature; most patriotic, and best overall.
Paradise Grill will be selling their regular menu as well as the required Fourth of July burgers and hot dogs. MICA will also be selling beer and wine. The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island will offer t-shirts, hats and other July Fourth paraphernalia, such as glow necklaces. The Marco Island VFW will be taking donations in exchange for a flag with the funds being applied to the memorial at Veterans Park.
The Marco Island Civic Association donated $4,200 toward the City of Marco Island fireworks display, which will begin in all its splendor at approximately 9 p.m.
Residents’ Beach members, bring your ID, sunblock, and smile! Remember, glass is not permitted anywhere on the beach. This is a state, county, and city law and subject to fine. Also, no personal fireworks are permitted on the beach. Again, violation is subject to fine.
For more information about Residents’ Beach events, please call 642-7778.