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Happy Fourth of July to you!

Who deserves credit for the celebrations that we Americans partake in each Fourth of July?

The soldiers of the Revolutionary War? The delegates of the Continental Congress? Our first president, George Washington? Or how about Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and our nation’s third president?

Well, they all deserve recognition for our independence from Britain’s Parliament and King George III, but the person often recognized for the pomp of our Independence Day celebrations is John Adams, a leader of the American Revolution and a Founding Father who served as the second president, and the first vice president, of the United States. Adams regularly corresponded with his wife, Abigail Adams, and that is where the planning likely began. But first, a bit of history and some mildly confusing dates. Follow along.

On July 1, 1776, delegates of the Continental Congress were in Philadelphia to debate whether the 13 original colonies should declare their independence. That night, British ships sailed into New York Harbor, threatening the Continental troops. On July 2, delegates from 12 colonies voted in favor of independence. New York would follow suit on July 9. On July 3, Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail: “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, 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 solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

OK, so Adams was off on the date. Nobody’s perfect. Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, but most of the delegates didn’t sign it until Aug. 2. And to be fair, many salutes recognized the declaration’s first public readings on July 8, but the first truly organized celebration was in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, with much “Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations.”

To give further meaning to the July 4 date, Adams lived to experience exactly 50 years of American independence, dying on July 4, 1826, only five hours after Jefferson’s death on the same day.

Keep these facts in mind and be sure to share them with your friends and family when you view fireworks tonight.

Have a fantastic Fourth of July, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

The Declaration of Independence
"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ..."

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Heat continues today and tomorrow. Rain chances finally kick in again tomorrow night into Wednesday. Thursday will be “cooler” with a high in the mid-80s and less humidity as well. Rain returns to the forecast for Friday and Saturday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Monday, July 5 (through July 25)
⇛ "Sweeney Todd"
At: 513 North D St., Indianola, Des Moines Metro Opera
Info: After 15 years, Sweeney Todd returns from wrongful exile and reopens his barber shop on Fleet Street in London. Together with the quirky, down-on-her-luck piemaker Mrs. Lovett, they cook up a plan that is both good for business and for vengeance. This musical thriller is a spine-tingling masterpiece that delves into the pitfalls of revenge. www.desmoinesmetroopera.org


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Bridge deck repairs on the railroad bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad on southbound Interstate 35 at mile marker 88.3 in Ankeny will require closing the on-ramp from Southeast Corporate Woods Drive to southbound I-35 and the inside lane of southbound I-35 to traffic from 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, until 5 a.m. Friday, July 23, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Grimes construction office. 

An interchange project intended to improve traffic flow during peak hours at the Interstate 80/U.S. 169 interchange (exit 110) will require lane and shoulders closures and an eastbound off ramp and westbound on ramp detour beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, until Tuesday, November 16, weather permitting.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Des Moines faces extreme measures to find clean water

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In the dim light just after dawn, Bill Blubaugh parks his Des Moines Water Works pickup truck, grabs a dipper and a couple plastic bottles and walks down a boat ramp to the Raccoon River, where he scoops up samples from a waterway that cuts through some of the nation’s most intensely farmed land. Each day the utility analyzes what’s in those samples and others from the nearby Des Moines River as it works to deliver drinking water to more than 500,000 people in Iowa’s capital city and its suburbs. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: ‘It takes its toll’: Iowa police departments facing staff shortages after year of civil unrest

Part 1: Iowa police departments facing staff shortages after year of civil unrest: Law enforcement officers are under more scrutiny than ever after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd in 2020. Some people are quitting their jobs or not even applying in the first place. Fairfield, Atlantic, Ankeny, Creston, Fort Dodge, Muscatine, Perry and Waverly are among the Iowa communities that need more personnel.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: One dead after Adventureland 'Raging River' accident

ALTOONA, Iowa — Adventureland Park said one person has died after an accident on the Raging River ride Saturday....Four people were initially taken to the hospital, three of those in critical condition, according to the park and the Altoona Police Department. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (21-30) got manager Marty Pevey his 500th win with the team, beating the Indianapolis Indians (27-26) 5-2, Sunday at Victory Field. READ MORE...
MLB:  Reds 3 Cubs 2, Tigers 6 White Sox 5, Twins 6 Royals 2, Rockies 3 Cardinals 2 READ MORE...
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Employer
1. Home Solutions of Iowa
2. Generation Next
3. Principal Financial


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Puppies bring neighbors together: The Yeast family appreciates their neighbors for many reasons.

By Lindsey Giardino

It’s evident that Chaney and Andy Yeast appreciate their community. They’ve lived in Johnston since 1994 — the same year they got married.
What initially drew them to the community was its small-town feel and respected school district, since they planned to have children.
Since moving to town, the Yeasts have lived in a couple different neighborhoods. They’re currently in Green Meadows North, where they’ve been for 17 years. They moved there from Greenwood Hills.


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The flow rate in the Raccoon River, which is a major water source for the Des Moines Waterworks, is down to less than 300 cubic feet per second this year compared the median flow of 4,000 cubic feet per second. Photo taken at Walnut Woods State Park. — Photo by Paul Houston

Want to see your photo included in the Daily Umbrella? Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, and maybe it will be chosen!

Digital Editions
Winterset Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The July issue cover story, "On the Same Page," is about residents who enjoy book clubs. Each issue also includes other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com.. See the latest Winterset Living here.
Summer Stirs
CITYVIEW's traveling cocktails are back!  The next event is in the Historic East Village, Friday, July 23, 5-9 p.m.

Sample the signature Summer Stir drinks at 7 participating establishments! For only $20 (prepaid online), participants will receive 10 tickets to use to sample drinks at any of the participating venues. Tickets may also be purchased at the event for $30. All of the establishments will be within walking distance.

Details and Tickets
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Yes, it is July 5, but let's see what celebrities were born on the Fourth of July: Rappers Post Malone and Safaree, Italian Actor Gina Lollobrigida, Presidential Daughter Malia Ann Obama, Actor Gloria Stuart, President Calvin Coolidge, Novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, Chef Andrew Zimmern, Football Coach Al Davis, Quarterback Josh McCown

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

Do you seek out fireworks for the Fourth of July?



Upon death, what do you wish to be done with your remains?

Traditional burial with casket - 23%
Cremation - 67%
Don’t care - 10%

Morning Chuckle
What did the girl octopus say to the boy octopus on Valentines Day?


Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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