Marching Boots

Like a thousand, thunderous, marching soldiers, the storm rushed to our southwestern flank as the trees stiffened and postured, ready for battle, like great sentinels.  The lightening cracked and thunder roared like munitions over head while the rain fell like shrapnel.  The landscape shuddered and quaked beneath the campaign until a fracture of sunlight broke through the olive-drab assault, and peace and tranquility were again restored.  Free from the tyranny of Mother Nature’s wrath.

American Flag

As we approach the 4th of July, celebrating our independence from England and honoring our forefathers who fought, drafted and adopted the Declaration of Independence, I thought it befitting to share a few, fun facts.

John Adams

John Adams believed we should celebrate Independence Day on July 2nd, the day the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, rather than July 4th when the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted.

Adams & Jefferson

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826 – the 50th anniversary.

Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872.

King George III

Early July 4th celebrations sometimes included mock funerals for King George III.

MA State Seal

Massachusetts was the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday.

White House 1800's

In 1870, July 4th became a federal holiday.

1941 4th of July

In 1941, a provision was added to grant the 4th of July as a paid holiday for federal employees.

Declaration of Independence

56 signers, including the infamous John Hancock, signed the Declaration of Independence.

American Flag #2

$3.1M worth of American flags are exported each year with Mexico as the biggest consumer.


England, once our adversary, is our 8th best trading partner, valued at $114.1B

Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell is tapped 13 times on July 4th in honor of the 13 original colonies.

4th of July

Celebrate our nation’s birth with zest and fervor.  After all, she’s the greatest country on God’s green earth!

Plant of the Week

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Tiny Dancer Sneezeweed

You gotta love the name…  Bright yellow fringed flowers that resemble a dancer’s twirling skirt surround a spherical, brown cone.  Blooms August – October.  Prefers sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil.  Grows 18-24″ high and 12-18″ wide.  Attracts pollinators and is native to the Midwest.

“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men, and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”

-Dwight D. Eisenhower

Best wishes for a happy and safe 4th of July,

Kim, Tom & Tim Sweeney