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postheadericon Happy 241st Anniversary of Independence Day America

Enjoy the 241st anniversary of America’s Day of Independence and all that it brings.

Red Barn Blue Skies Happy 241st Anniversary of America's Independence

241st Anniversary

2017 just happens to be the 241st anniversary of America’s independence from England. On July 2nd, 1776 the Continental Congress took a vote and approved the resolution for independence.

Two days later on July 4th, the historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson (assisted by John Adams) known as “The Declaration of Independence” was signed by representatives of the thirteen colonies. This date has been celebrated as the birth of America since that date and was officially made a national holiday in 1941.

An interesting side note that is on July 4th, 1826, which was also the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, two past Presidents of the United States of America died within hours of each other.

These men were Thomas Jefferson and John Adams – the two men who created and also signed it fifty years prior. A third President also died on July 4th five years later in 1831 – James Moore.

Pet Safety

Please keep the safety and security of your pets in mind during the many celebrations. Plan to keep them inside with a radio or TV on to mask the noise outside. Don’t think they’ll be ok outside just because they have been in the past. As they age their perceptions change and their fears may grow.

241st Anniversary America's Independence Chandler and Celie at Red Barn Blue Skies

July 5th has the unfortunate distinction of being the busiest day of the year at animal shelters in the US. Dogs and cats that have escaped their yards or broke their leashes panic and look for hiding spaces.

If you do lose your pet, check the shelter regularly. Many pets aren’t found immediately.

postheadericon Happy Birthday America

photo by jcolman/flickr
And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
~Lee Greenwood

postheadericon Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day at Red Barn Blue Skies

Happy Independence Day and Happy Birthday America

July 4th has always meant picnics, barbecues, and family get-togethers. In our neck of the woods, it’s always HOT and there are always fireworks, but we always have a Happy Independence Day!

Firefighting Family

As a kid, we spent many of these holidays at my grandparents’ home in the foothills.It is always very, very dry at this time of year up there so Grampa would spend most of the day soaking the ground in the yard and all around the area. He and my four uncles were all volunteer firemen and actually founded the station there in Raymond after they came back from the war. Several of them acted as captain at one time or another through the years. We are very proud of all they did!

With 17 grandkids, numerous great-grandkids, & various add-ons, the crowd could get rather large. It was quite the event and we’d have hours worth of fireworks to keep the group entertained. As we got older, it was a rite of passage to be able to assist in the lighting of some of the “whistling petes” or the “ground flowers” instead of just playing with sparklers.

Happy Independence Day at Red Barn Blue Skies


Even with the day long prep and careful planning, we still had the occasional mishap. The brigade was always ready though with lots of buckets full of water and garden hoses manned. Gramma was prepared with lemonade & Kool-Aid and salve for any burnt fingers.


As we celebrate this great nation’s birthday, let’s keep our good thoughts and prayers going out to the brave men and women who face danger on a daily basis whether here at home in our local fire and police departments or overseas in our military branches. They are part of what keeps America – Land of the Free and Home of the Brave!

Have a wonderful & SAFE

4th of July!