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I have the 4th of July on my mind#ChrisBJohnsonRealtor
Time To Buy #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor 
The 4th of July on my mind; a holiday always spent grilling with my family and watching fireworks light up the summer sky. It’s my favorite time of year, with a rich history as compelling as the patriotic celebration itself.
 On July 4, 1776, many of the 13 colonies had been in existence more than 150 years and a strong, middle-class economy was developing from the likes of farmers, artisans, lawyers and tradesmen. In 1776, people traveled by horse-drawn carriages; food was cooked over wood-burning fires. The American Revolution was already underway (it began April 1775) and the hunger for independence was burning in the hearts and minds of freedom-seeking colonists. Our independence had been declared on July 2 and the Declaration of Independence had been written by Thomas Jefferson almost a month before (and wouldn’t be signed until a month later on August 2, 1776).
Then, you may ask, what are we really commemorating on July 4 if not the start of the Revolution or the drafting of the document that would become the very foundation of our United States?
Here’s what actually happened on July 4: The Continental Congress approved the wording of the Declaration of Independence.
The draft had been ... more

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