Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

When I woke up this morning, the photo below was in an e-mail from the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI.  I tried to find out how many American flags line the 660-ft. front porch, but couldn't find the answer.  There are several, and they're a beautiful sight.  

Americans began observing the 4th of July as early as 1777, when the first-ever major celebration in Philadelphia included a parade, a 13-shot cannon salute, and fireworks, but Congress didn't make it official until 1870, when it was part of a bill passed to recognize major state holidays at a federal level like Independence Day, Christmas and New Year's Day.  The 4th did not become a paid legal holiday until 1938, as part of a bill that granted holiday leave to employees of the federal government.

P.S.  The Grand Hotel e-mailed me to say there are 10 American flags hanging from their front porch!  Thank you for answering my question, Grand Hotel!


  1. I hope you had a lovely 4th of July! That little patriotic girl in front of the red teapot is adorable. Thanks for all the information.

  2. There are 10 American Flags hanging from Grand Hotel's 660 ft porch. (:

  3. I loved seeing all those great flags when I was there two weeks ago! A beautiful sight!


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