Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Similar to other summer-themed events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors. Independence Day is a federal holiday, so all non-essential federal institutions (like thepostal service and federal courts) are closed on that day. Many politicians make it a point on this day to appear at a public event to praise the nation’s heritage, laws, history, society, and people.
Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue and take advantage of the day off and, in some years, long weekend to gather with relatives. Decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades are often in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.
The night before the Fourth was once the focal point of celebrations, marked by raucous gatherings often incorporating bonfires as their centerpiece. In New England, towns competed to build towering pyramids, assembled from hogsheads and barrels and casks. They were lit at nightfall, to usher in the celebration. The highest were in Salem, Massachusetts (on Gallows Hill, the famous site of the execution of 13 women and 6 men for witchcraft in 1692 during the Salem witch trials, where the tradition of bonfires in celebration had persisted), composed of as many as forty tiers of barrels; these are the tallest bonfires ever recorded. The custom flourished in the 19th and 20th centuries, and is still practiced in some New England towns.
Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner”, “God Bless America”, “America the Beautiful”, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”, “This Land Is Your Land”, “Stars and Stripes Forever”, and, regionally, “Yankee Doodle” in northeastern states and “Dixie” in southern states. Some of the lyrics recall images of the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812.
Firework shows are held in many states, and many fireworks are sold for personal use or as an alternative to a public show. Safety concerns have led some states to ban fireworks or limit the sizes and types allowed. Illicit traffic transfers many fireworks from less restrictive states.
A salute of one gun for each state in the United States, called a “salute to the union,” is fired on Independence Day at noon by any capable military base.
In 2009, New York City had the largest fireworks display in the country, with over 22 tons of pyrotechnics exploded. Other major displays are in Chicago on Lake Michigan; in San Diego over Mission Bay; in Boston on the Charles River; in St. Louis on the Mississippi River; in San Francisco over the San Francisco Bay; and on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. During the annual Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival, Detroit, Michigan hosts one of the world’s largest fireworks displays, over the Detroit River, to celebrate Independence Day in conjunction with Windsor, Ontario’s celebration of Canada Day.
While the official observance always falls on July 4th, participation levels may vary according to which day of the week the 4th falls on. If the holiday falls in the middle of the week, some fireworks displays and celebrations may take place during the weekend for convenience, again, varying by region. Thanks WIkepedia for the info and all of you have a safe and happy 4th! God Bless the USA!
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The Brick Embossing Folder continues to add texture to any card design. I have been experimenting with different color combinations and paper colors in order to come up with interesting texture of the bricks and mortar . It’s easy to make a great impression! Just place flat cardstock in this embossing folder, run it through the Big Shot, and out comes cardstock with a bold textured design. Textured Impressions Embossing Folders make deep, crisp impressions—great for card fronts and accents.
In this card, I wet the inside of the new Brick Embossing Folder on the Sizzix side and then used the Crumb Cake Ink Pad to add color to the bricks and mortar. All stamping is done using the stamps from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set.
Both the folder and the stamp set are must haves in my opinion as they are go to products for a fast and handsome card! Let your awesomely artistic side shine with projects you make with this stamp set. With an eclectic mix of realistic images and textured graphics, this set is perfect for helping you express your creativity.
Our clear-mount stamps are made of the same high-quality red rubber as our wood-mount stamps, but they’re repositionable. They’re precut and ready to go. Temporarily mount these stamps on clear blocks for stamping, then remove them for space-saving storage. You’ll only need one set of blocks for all your clear-mount stamps (blocks sold separately). Our premium red rubber will last for years and give a superior stamped impression each time. The stamps come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.
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The Brick Embossing Folder is so much fun to use when it comes to adding texture to any card design. I have been experimenting with different color combinations and paper colors in order to come up with interesting texture of the bricks and mortar .
In this card, I wet the inside of the new Brick Embossing Folder on the Sizzix side and then used the Smokey Slate Ink Pad to add color to the bricks and mortar. The flower on this card is stamped over a Lost Lagoon background stamp . Using the sentiment from the same stamp set, I created a banner and set it off with one of our jeweled rhinestones.
I layered the brick portion of the card thatmeasures 5″ by 3 3/4″ on Black Cardstock that measures 5 1/4″ X4″. That is layered on Lost Lagoon Cardstock that is the card base.
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To create this card cut a piece of sky Blue Cardstock 10 1/2″ X 5″.
Hint: To create the Brick Wall using the Brick Wall Embossing Folder . Wet the inside side that says Sizzix with a baby wipe and ink up that side and place your Whisper White Paper into the folder. you will do this twice so that you can eventually cut 3 sections measuring 3 3/4″ X 2 3/4″.
Using the fern stamps from Awesomely Artistic randomly stamp on all 3 wall pieces in Mossy Meadow and Old Olive inks. Use the samp Off method to give depth to your card.
In Tip Top Taupe Ink stamp off randomly on all 3 wall pieces with the floral stamp from Awesomely Artistic.
On the first panel using the Dragon Fly Stamp from Awesomely Artistic, stamp directly on the wall with Black Stazon and then a second time on vellum cardstock. Hint: to cut out vellum, just cut the wings, turn over and use a small dimensional to attach to the Dragon fly already stamped. This way its body is intact and you get a 3 dimensional effect on your card. Add some white gel pen markings to wings.
In Soft Sky, ink stamp Floral Stamp from Butterfly Basic Stamp Set with your Always Artichoke and Sky Blue Basic Markers on the last wall panel.
Attach all layers and adhere to base card.
Punch 7 flowers from Itty Bitty Punch Pack , place on stamping mat and use the backside of your piercing tool to create dimension, and add Basic Pearls to their centers.
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