I have to admit, I forgot it was St. Patrick’s Day. I got up, got ready, got my son ready and headed to school to drop him off. THEN, I realized it was St. Patrick’s Day and I nor my son were wearing green. Whoops! As I was walking in his school I noticed his shoe strings were green, so saved by the bell on that one. 😀
I was wondering how St. Patrick’s Day came about and why we’re served green beer?
Saint Patrick was a 5th-century Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.
*St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th, the date of Saint Patrick’s death
*Saint Patrick real name was Maewyn Succat
*The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration was held in Boston, Ma in 1737
*Although depicted nowadays as wearing green, Saint Patricks vest were actually blue
*Saint Patrick used the Shamrock to explain Christianity’s “Holy Trinity”, Father Son & Holy Ghost
*It is believed that Saint Patrick established more than 300 churches and baptized more than 100,000 people
Thank you MTL Blog for the fun facts. Click Here to read more.
Did you know that you may be eligible for rebates and incentives if you are purchasing energy saving appliances?
I had no clue until I started doing a little research; Google is such a great tool! I found a few sites that may can help you – but I suggest doing more research on your own(every situation and case may be different). It looked like some towns or cities may offer incentives as well. Also, you may be eligible for federal tax credits. The sites I found helpful are below.
Energy Star offers a “rebate finder” that seemed fairly easy to navigate. CLICK HERE to see if you qualify for any rebates. It does look like they have a database and are pulling rebates from all over the country, so search and see if your electric company, city or town is showing up.
Duke Energy offers a Smart Saver program. CLICK HERE to learn more about this great program!
Piedmont Natural Gas offers a North Carolina Rebate Program, check them out by CLICKING HERE
I was truly surprised to see how many different programs are out there. So, do your research…it may put some money back in your pocket!
ARC Electric Company will be closed on Friday, July 4th and re-open on Monday, July 7th. We apologize for any inconvenience but our staff will be home celebrating with their family!
But, while working on images for our website I found some great fun facts about Independence Day – did you know any of these??
1. A Truly Young Nation
The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest was Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) of South Carolina. The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin (70) of Pennsylvania. The lead author of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, was 33.
2. Happy July 2nd
The initial date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress was July 2, 1776.
The next day, John Adams remarked in a letter to his wife Abigail: “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”
3. Date for History
Congress revised the Declaration for final approval on July 4, 1776. The only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as President of the United States were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (bitter rivals) died on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.
4. Enjoy Your Day Off Without Pay
Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. (In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday)
5. Thank China for Old Glory
87.5% ($2.8 million) of imported U.S. flags are from China.
6. And for Fireworks
97% ($190.7 million) of imported fireworks are from China.
7. The Liberty Bell Tap
Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not actually rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.
*Thank you interviewangel.com