Independence Day or Fourth of July, is one of our favorite holidays for good reason. The American spirit is one of freedom, of pride and of brave sacrifice. The fireworks, the parades and the picnics are all ways for our community to share our common heritage, which dates back to 1776 and the struggle of the American Revolution. In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies met to draft a resolution that would make official our split from England. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and on July 4th Thomas Jefferson’s iconic document, the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
Although the birthday of our nation is in 1776, the first official government celebration took place a full year later. In 1777, Philadelphia celebrated with parades, speeches, prayers, gatherings, dinners and fireworks. After the Revolutionary War, the annual festivities were designed to foster a feeling of nationalism and community. July 4th celebrations became more commonplace after the War of 1812, and in 1870, it was declared a federal holiday. As the years passed, the political significance of the day decreased, but its importance in the heart of Americans has continued to increase, as it represents our very spirit and legacy.
July 4th has long recognized freedom with traditional festivities that look similar to that first celebration – fireworks, parades and stirring speeches; to family picnics and barbecues. No matter the manner of your fun on July 4th, Billy Heroman’s Flower Shops have a the right floral arrangement or display to highlight any gathering with patriotic flair. Red roses or gerbera daisies, white lilies and baby’s breath, blue delphinium – there are so many beautiful floral choices to make your day beautiful. Stop into one of our Baton Rouge locations today to speak to an expert florist and create your own Fourth of July décor!