Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Birthday America, July 4 Is Independence Day - Today Is Also 6th Anniversary Of Roosevelt Islander Online Blog

Image of John Trumbull's Declaration of Independence from US History


As we all know, there's more to the Fourth of July holiday than fireworks, bbq, burgers, beer and flag waving. Not that there is anything wrong with that but...

What the Fourth of July is really about is the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Here's how the signing of the Declaration of Independence was depicted in one of my favorite movies, 1776.

This previous post shows the text of the Declaration of Independence, a reading of it from then Senator John F. Kennedy and on a slightly less serious note, South Park's version of the decision by American colonists to declare independence and go to war against England.

Take a look at what the Macy's July 4 Fireworks on the East River looked like from Southpoint Park in 2008 (the last time they were held on the East River before being moved to the Hudson River)

and a report on the Good, Bad and Ugly of that night including video from Roosevelt Island 360 on the crowds trying to leave Roosevelt Island that night.

Today is also the 6th Anniversary of the Roosevelt Islander Online Blog. 

Independence Day and the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration viewing at Southpoint Park on Roosevelt Island has a special place in the life of the Roosevelt Islander Blog because it was the subject of the first post and the reason for the blog coming into being way back on July 4 2007. The subject -  my objection, some might call it a rant, (all in CAPS because I didn't know any better) to RIOC charging $18 to gain entry to Southpoint park to view the fireworks when other NYC public venues did not charge a dime.

Blogger's Dilemma Cartoon From Cox & Forkum

Since July 4 2007, there have been 1,073,895 visitors to and 1,564,744 page loads of Roosevelt Islander Online (Readership statistics here). Thank you to all the Roosevelt Islander readers, contributors, those who comment and lend their expertise on particular subjects as well as those who send in their tips, suggestions and messages. Please continue to do so.

Happy Independence Day Roosevelt Islanders.


Mark Lyon said...

Thanks for your hard work.

rilander said...

Thank you for all you do for this wonderful rock we live on!

billblass said...

Yes i will always give my expertise on island issues.

billblass said...

Yes i am preparing my election run for rioc. There will be many people running for cover . As i will clean up the island. It will not be business as usual

billblass said...

Your welcome

billblass said...

Your welcome. I am always looking help