1st entry into my new “fun facts” category: Today is July 4th, our Independence Day, here in the good ol’ US. The 4th of July signifies freedom to us and while it may not equal the popularity of Christmas, Thanksgiving and arguably New Years, it still ranks up there on our list of big days of the year. Unfortunately July 4th equals a different kind of freedom to 3 US Presidents; as it is the day they died and they were freed of their mortal coils. On July 4th, 1826, on the day of the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, both, the 2nd and 3rd presidents, respectively, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, died. “Many say that a few of Adams’ dying words were of Jefferson, even though he was unaware of his passing just a few hours earlier.”¹Exactly 5 years later, we lost James Monroe (5th prez) to heart failure and tuberculosis. So of our first 5 Presidents, 3 died on the same date, forever linked to the Declaration of Independence, which the former two signed themselves exactly 50 years earlier.
So anyhow, have some fun this Independence day, get drunked up, think about how good this country is, even w/ all of it’s flaws, past, present and future. And hey try not to lose your fingers, toes or ‘hair de genitalia’ whilst effin around with bottle rockets and/or other fireworks and/or OTHER homemade mistakes waiting to happen.