Stars and Stripes Classic

We wanted to post Liberty Hattingdon today . . . . which we did. About 10 minutes ago. We also wanted to post a classic hat being it is Monday. So, we are double posting today!

Classic

Without further ado, here is Gloria —with a coordinating firecracker . . . . naturally.

Gloria.

Firecrackers

Many historians believe that fireworks originally were developed in the second century B.C. in ancient Liuyang, China. It is believed that the first natural “firecrackers” were bamboo stalks that when thrown in a fire, would explode with a bang because of the overheating of the hollow air pockets in the bamboo. The Chinese believed these natural “firecrackers” would ward off evil spirits. Source: American Pyro.

Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks. WKRB TV.

Fireworks

The very first fireworks were used as early as 200 BC. However, the tradition of setting off fireworks on the 4th of July began in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, during the first organized celebration of Independence Day.

The Farmer’s Almanac tells us, “It is also said, that fireworks displays were used as morale boosters for soldiers in the Revolutionary War. At the time however, fireworks were the same type of explosives used in war and were called rockets, not fireworks. And so colonists celebrated the fourth even before they knew if they would win the war.”

Signing

The Declaration of Independence was announced on July 4th, though the formal signing didn’t occur until August 2nd, and the colonies actually voted to accept it on July 2nd.

There’s all kinds of cool stuff at the Farmer’s Almanac. Have a safe and happy 4th!

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

©Vivian J Grant. All Rights Reserved.

Happy Flag Day

In keeping with the Flag Act of 1777, Betsy Ross, an upholsterer from Philadelphia, created the earliest design for the national flag of the United States. It had red and white stripes outermost with thirteen white stars arranged in a circle against a dark blue background in its upper left hand corner.

Betsy Hattingdon.

Flag Day in the United States, now called National Flag Day, is a holiday commemorating the date in 1777 when the United States approved the Betsy Ross design for its first national flag.


First US flag, the original Stars and Stripes, created by Betsy Ross.
First US flag, the original Stars and Stripes, created by Betsy Ross.

Pres. Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 as the official date for Flag Day, and in 1949 the US Congress permanently established the date as National Flag Day. The resolution read: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.”

Each star represented a state and each stripe represented the 13 colonies that declared independence from Great Britain. The colors of the flag were inherited from British flags and have no official meaning.


We celebrate National Flag Day with our “Betsy” hat inspired by and in homage to Betsy Ross. Our design tribute has six red stripes, five white stripes and 21 stars.

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

©Vivian J Grant. All Rights Reserved.

Happy Flag Day 2019

On this day, June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the United States national flag. It had 13 stars and 13 stripes symbolizing the 13 original colonies.

Sammie Top Hat featuring stars and stripes forever.
Sammie Top Hat.

For a while, the U.S. added stripes and stars to the flag when welcoming new states.

When Kentucky and Vermont joined the union, the flag took on two more stars from the original, so that from 1795 to 1818, 15 stripes and 15 stars graced the flag.

Anticipating a crowded field of stripes, lawmakers decided to honor each new state with a star, and leave the stripes at the original 13, after 1818.

The current flag, with 50 stars and 13 stripes, was designed in 1958 by 17-year-old high school student, Robert G. Heft, of Lancaster, Ohio. President Dwight D. Eisenhower chose his design out of 1,500 entries.

See you again here soon!

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

©Vivian Grant Farrell, the creator, designer and owner of Hattingdon® Horses.