June 28th, 2017
The Fourth of July is a great time to get together with friends and family members for BBQ, games, fireworks, and other celebrations in honor of our country's independence. While your fellow revelers eat hot dogs and wave flags, you can impress them by sharing these fascinating facts and historical tidbits about some of our country's traditions and symbols from the team at McKinney Orthodontics.
The Statue of Liberty
With a torch in one hand a a tablet in the other, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic and recognizable symbols of our country. However, as recognizable as certain parts of the statue are, not many people know that broken shackles, which represent oppression and tyranny, are lying at Lady Liberty's feet. According to the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, the copper-plated lady weighs in at a whopping 450,000 tons and has been holding her torch up for more than 125 years, which must make for some impressive arm muscles.
The History behind Fireworks
viewing the nighttime fireworks display is exciting way to finish off the fourth. Many people know that these brilliant displays probably originated with the Chinese. However, many historians also believe that fireworks were stumbled upon when the Chinese roasted bamboo sticks over fires and watched them explode. After many years of roasting the sticks, a group of alchemists created an early form of gunpowder, which they stuffed into the bamboo sticks to create an even more powerful explosion, paving the way for today's modern fireworks.
Celebration on the River
Every year, Tuscaloosa hosts a FREE fireworks show at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Gates open around 6 pm and the Fireworks Show will start a little after 8 pm.
4th of July Fireworks Celebration, Huntsville, AL.
If you are spending 4th of July in the Huntsville area, get you a good seat anywhere in the city and watch the fireworks show that will be put on at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center at 9 pm.
Whether you're planning on visiting the Statue of Liberty or watching fireworks in Alabama, Dr. McKinney and our team hope you have a safe and fun-filled holiday. Happy Fourth of July!