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On July 4, Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration was officially adopted by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, although Congress formally declared independence from Great Britain on July 2, and the Declaration wasn’t signed by all 56 members until August.
Some other facts about the founding document of the United States that you may not know:
- There’s a message on the back. No, it’s not an invisible treasure map (as in the Nicholas Cage movie National Treasure). The words “Original Declaration of Independence, dated 4th July 1776” appear on the reverse side of the document on display in the National Rotunda, at the bottom and upside down.
- About 200 copies of the Declaration were immediately produced by printer John Dunlap for distribution through the 13 colonies. Of these original “Dunlap broadsides,” 26 still exist.
- The original document wasn’t printed on paper, but “engrossed” on parchment. Engrossing is a process for preparing an official document in large, clear handwriting.
- At the bottom left corner of the Declaration is an unidentified handprint. Historians speculate that it’s the result of the document’s being rolled up for transport and handled by various people for extensive exhibition in the early years of its existence.
- The two youngest signers of the Declaration were Thomas Lynch Jr. and Edward Rutledge, both of South Carolina, both 26 years old at the time. The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin, 70. Nine of the original signers died before the American Revolution ended in 1783.
Fort Meade is celebrating Independence Day on July 2 starting at 1600 at the Fort Meade Parade Field. Participants can enjoy live music from the Jazz Ambassadors, DJ's, a variety of delicious foods, games, rides, and of course one of the best fireworks shows around! This event is open to the public. Click here for the latest updates.
Do you need a recycling bin to help with your recycling efforts? Please drop by the Community Office to pick up a bin. Here are some interesting Recycling Statistics and Facts:
- Almost every hour, nearly 250,000 plastic bottles are dumped. It is not surprising that plastic bottles constitute close to 50% of recyclable waste in the dumps.
- United States is one of world’s largest producers of trash. Trash is produced at an alarming rate of 1,609 pounds of trash per person, per year.
- One of the materials that is easiest and fastest to recycle is aluminum. Aluminum cans can be recycled and reused within 60 days.
How do you get rid of “energy vampires?” Unplug appliances that are not in use. Do not leave them in standby mode
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National Night Out, a community police and safety event, is scheduled for Tuesday, August 4th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Parade Field. Corvias Military Living is partnering with the Directorate of Emergency Services to provide residents with demonstrations and activities.
This free event features safety demonstrations and displays from local and state law enforcement offices. Don’t miss the K-9 and Force Protection event.
National Night Out offers games and activities for children. Be sure to check out the inflatables, zip line, rock walls and much more. Residents can also cool off with light refreshments and cold drinks and treats.
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Upcoming events and important dates:
- July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29th: Farmers Market; 10am-2pm at Meade Pavilion
- July 2: Red, White and Blue Celebration; 1600 at Parade Field
- July 3-4: Community office closed
- July 4: Independence Day; Happy 4th of July
- July 11: New York Shopping Trip