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Quick History: The Background of the Fourth of July

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017

The United States celebrates Independence Day every July 4th as the nation’s birthday. The holiday more accurately represents the date in 1776 when the 13 “United Colonies” declared freedom from the British Empire by adopting the Declaration of Independence. The colonists went on to defeat Great Britain in the Revolutionary War, which led to the formation of a new independent nation. Here are some important facts on 4th of July history.

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Early American Timeline

  • May 15, 1776 – Virginia Convention approves a resolution to declare independence
  • June 7, 1776 – The Resolution of Independence, also known as the Lee Resolution, is proposed by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia
  • June 11, 1776 – Colonists meet in Philadelphia for the Second Continental Congress to draft the Declaration of Independence
  • July 2, 1776 – The Continental Congress votes for independence
  • July 4, 1776 – The Continental Congress adopts the final version of the Declaration after changes are made to Thomas Jefferson’s original draft
  • July 8, 1776 – Ringing of bells at Independence Square in Philadelphia marks the first public readings of the Declaration
  • August 2, 1776 – Final signatures of the Declaration are completed
  • November 15, 1777 – Congress ratifies the Articles of Confederation
  • March 1, 1781 – Final ratification of Articles of Confederation by all states

Toward a New Nation

The writers of the Declaration were known as the “Committee of Five,” which, besides Jefferson, included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston. The Declaration of Independence included a list of grievances that the colonies had toward Britain. One of the main complaints was taxation without representation.

The American Revolutionary War began in 1775 and France began aiding Americans in 1777. Other American allies included Spain and the Dutch Republic. The war lasted on American soil through 1781. The naval battle ended on September 3, 1783, when King George III of Britain signed the Treaty of Paris.

The United States finalized the Constitution on September 8, 1787. In 1789, George Washington was elected the nation’s first president. By 1790, all 13 states had ratified the Constitution. Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both died on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 1826. Another Founding Father, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831.

Holiday History

Philadelphia celebrated Independence Day on July 4, 1777. After that, the celebrations spread from town to town every July 4th, but it wasn’t until after 1812 that it became widespread. It wasn’t until 1870 when Congress established July 4th as an official national holiday, called “Independence Day.” Congress then reaffirmed it as a paid holiday for federal workers in 1938.

Celebrations often include fireworks and outdoor music events. “The Star-Spangled Banner” became the national anthem in 1931, although the lyrics were written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key and the melody was based on an earlier British song called “Anacreon in Heaven” by John Stafford Smith. Another popular song associated with 4th of July history is “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” written in 1896 by John Philip Sousa.

How to Stay Hydrated on the Job

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017

Water is an extremely important component of the human body. Without it, our bodies don’t function properly. Yet at times, it’s difficult to keep the body hydrated throughout the day. Fortunately, it’s not impossible to create a routine that will keep your body hydrated during hot, humid days on the job:

#1 Drink Fluids Regularly

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Did you know that you should drink at least 2 liters of water in a day? Yes, the best and only sure way to kill dehydration is to drink water regularly. To ensure you are conveniently hydrated throughout the day, don’t wait till you feel thirsty to drink water. According to statistics, you feel thirsty when you are already 2% dehydrated. Drink small amounts of water throughout the day to ensure hydration.

#2 Improve Your Personal Lifestyle Habits

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Smoking and drinking alcohol before or during work hours can adversely dehydrate your body. Avoid drinks and foods that dehydrate the body; like foods that are high in sodium. Stick to eating well-balanced meals with food, like watermelon or cucumbers, that can hydrate your body during the day.

#3 Take Short Breaks      

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If you are in a position where you can take short breaks in between your work, take them. A good ten-minute break lets you relax and take some deep breaths away from the exhausting heat at your work place. Breaks also encourage proper blood circulation in your body due to the added oxygen in the system. When it comes to performance, you’ve probably noticed that you work better when you feel relaxed. That means that taking breaks can improve your overall productivity at the end of the day.

#4 Eat More Fruits

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How do you think an apple a day will keep you away from the doctor? For starters, it provides you with vitamins that protect you from regular attacks by diseases. But most importantly, the apple also contains juices that keep your body hydrated. It’s not just an apple that will you keep you hydrated however. Most fruits contain fluids and electrolytes that can keep your body hydrated. Eat a fruit every day and you will have fewer dehydration issues while you work.

No matter what kind of job you do, you want to feel healthy and at your very best as you do it. Sadly, there are moments when you just get a dry mouth, feel extremely thirsty and lose focus on your job. Luckily, with the tips above, you can stay hydrated and improve your productivity every day. Just remember that the tips above are not similar to a doctor’s expertise. For the best information on how to stay hydrated, consult your physician and visit your doctor if you feel abnormally dehydrated.