The song is the “1812 Overture” (Listen to the song at the bottom of the post if you don’t remember it)
Written in 1880 by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to commemorate Russia’s defense of the Motherland against Napoleon’s invading Grande Armée in 1812.
I get really bad stares from people when I don’t stand for this song (and I’m a vet).
The Fourth of July (Independence Day) — Is a federal holiday in the United States since 1941. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from Britain, and two days later adopted the Declaration of Independence. Celebrated yearly with said song and flag waving.
But to add a strange coincidence: The US flag used all the colors from Napoleon’s failed country.
Napoleon’s on the Left and the first US flag on Right
Even stranger Americans seem to be forgetting what the holiday is for:
Sad but True, blacks fought in the war of independence but were not granted rights after the victory and were actively removed from historical records.
Some bonus strangeness:
- 3 of the first 5 U.S. Presidents died on the 4th of July (Two in the same day)
- Thomas Jefferson July 4, 1826
- John Adams July 4, 1826
- James Monroe July 4, 1831
Here is the song for those who forgot what it sounds like. I have it playing from the most memorable position.