Mayor Gary W. Starr and all members of Middleburg Heights City Council wish you and your family a wonderful and safe 4th of July holiday weekend!

Below are some fun facts about the Fourth of July:

On July 4th, 1776, Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, which had been written largely by Thomas Jefferson. The vote for independence took place on July 2nd however the 4th became the day to celebrate the birth of American Independence. Our American fireworks tradition started on July 4th, 1777 when Philadelphia, Pennsylvania hosted the first Independence Day fireworks show.

Even though it looks as if the signing took place in one meeting as it is portrayed in declaration portraits, it actually took an entire month to get all 56 delegates to put their “John Hancock” on the Declaration of Independence. Only one person signed the Declaration on July 4th, 1776 and that was John Hancock. He was also the first person to sign the document.

The modern “50 star flag,” has an interesting story behind its creation and a link to our great State of Ohio. Seventeen-year-old, high school student Robert G. Heft of Lancaster, Ohio was assigned to create a new “national banner” for America that would recognize the statehood of Alaska and Hawaii. Heft simply added two extra stars to the flag to give it an even 50 and stitched his own design. His teacher only gave him a “B-minus” for his effort, so he sent his project to President Dwight D. Eisenhower for consideration and a change of grade. Eisenhower chose his design personally and the new flag was officially adopted in 1960. His teacher then gave him an “A” instead.