Salute to Old Glory

CHESTERTOWN — We seldom pass up an opportunity to photograph the American flag.

Especially today — the Fourth of July — when we came upon this 6×10-foot Star-Spangled Banner hanging from a neatly painted barn at Goose Hill Farm on Augustine Herman Highway. 

The federal holiday celebrates the Second Continental Congress’ unanimous adoption on July 4, 1776 of the Declaration of Independence, a document announcing the Colonies’ separation from Great Britain.

Did you know that every U.S. president from George Washington to Joe Biden has celebrated July 4 as Independence Day — except one, John Adams.

Adams believed that Americans should celebrate their independence on July 2 as that was the day a resolution for independence was passed by the Continental Congress in 1776, though it took another two days for formal adoption.

Historians say Adams reportedly turned down invitations to take part in July 4 events until the day he died.

Adams (1797-1801) and Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809), considered the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, served as the second and third presidents of the new nation. They both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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