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The Story of Independence Day and America’s Birthday

Independence Day is the national holiday of the United States of America commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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At the time of the signing, the US consisted of 13 colonies under the rule of England’s King George III. There was growing unrest in the colonies concerning the taxes that had to be paid to England. This was commonly referred to as “Taxation without Representation” as the colonists did not have any representation in the English Parliament and had no say in what went on. As the unrest grew in the colonies, King George sent extra troops to help control any rebellion. In 1774 the 13 colonies sent delegates to Philadelphia Pennsylvania to form the First Continental Congress. The delegates were unhappy with England but were not yet ready to declare war.

In April 1775 as the King’s troops advanced on Concord Massachusetts Paul Revere would sound the alarm that “The British are coming, the British are coming” as he rode his horse through the late night streets.

The battle of Concord and its “shot heard round the world” would mark the unofficial beginning of the colonies war for Independence.

The following May the colonies again sent delegates to the Second Continental Congress. For almost a year the Congress tried to work out its differences with England, again without formally declaring war.

By June 1776 their efforts had become hopeless and a committee was formed to compose a formal declaration of independence. Headed by Thomas Jefferson, the committee included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Livingston and Roger Sherman. Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the first draft which was presented to the Congress on June 28. After various changes, a vote was taken late in the afternoon of July 4th. Of the 13 colonies, 9 voted in favor of the Declaration, 2 – Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted No, Delaware undecided and New York abstained.

To make it official John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence. It is said that John Hancock signed his name “with a great flourish” so “King George can read that without spectacles!.”

The following day copies of the Declaration were distributed. The first newspaper to print the Declaration was the Pennsylvania Evening Post on July 6, 1776. On July 8th the Declaration had its first public reading in Philadelphia’s Independence Square. Twice that day the Declaration was read to cheering crowds and pealing church bells. Even the bell in Independence Hall was rung. The “Province Bell” would later be renamed “Liberty Bell” after its inscription –

Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants Thereof

And although the signing of the Declaration was not completed until August, the 4th of July has been accepted as the official anniversary of United States independence. The first Independence Day celebration took place the following year – July 4, 1777. By the early 1800s, the traditions of parades, picnics, and fireworks were established as the way to celebrate America’s birthday. And although fireworks have been banned in most places because of their danger, most towns and cities usually have big firework displays for all to see and enjoy.

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What are Escape Games in Escape Rooms

If you are unaware of what are escape games in escape rooms, they are were a group of friends or even strangers are put in a room thats locked for 60mins-2hrs even, all depends on the Escape Room. In the room there are various hints, clues & puzzles to solve to get one step closer to getting out of the escape room. In the Escape Room various Escape Games are placed to be solved.

There can be various types of Escape Games, from solving puzzles to finding a clue and having your team brain solve and work together to escape the room. Escape Rooms have difficulty levels for the Escape Games to be more harder and requiring more teamwork and of course easier ones.

Proudly Serving Military Veterans

Military Veterans The United States of America was formed by brave men and women, many who did heroic feats. We want to honor these men and women both current and past military veterans. Book using coupon code ProudlyServing.

Below is a story that provides a way to understand the importance of our Military Veterans.

In September of 2005, a social studies schoolteacher from Arkansas did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with permission of the school superintendent, the principal, and the building supervisor, she took all of the desks out of the classroom. The kids came into first period, they walked in; there were no desks. They obviously looked around and said, “Where’s our desks?”
The teacher said, “You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn them.”

They thought, “Well, maybe it’s our grades.”

“No,” she said.

“Maybe it’s our behavior.”

And she told them, “No, it’s not even your behavior.”

And so they came and went in the first period, still no desks in the classroom. Second period, same thing. Third period. By early afternoon television news crews had gathered in the class to find out about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of the classroom. The last period of the day, the instructor gathered her class.

They were at this time sitting on the floor around the sides of the room. She said, “Throughout the day no one has really understood how you earn the desks that sit in this classroom ordinarily. Now I’m going to tell
you.”

She went over to the door of her classroom and opened it, and as she did 27 U.S. veterans, wearing their uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. And they placed those school desks in rows, and then they stood along the wall. By the time they had finished placing the desks, those kids for the first time I think perhaps in their lives understood how they earned those desks.

Their teacher said, “You don’t have to earn those desks. These guys did it for you. They put them out there for you, but it’s up to you to sit here responsibly, to learn, to be good students and good citizens, because they paid a price for you to have that desk, and don’t ever forget it.”

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Halloween is just around the corner for Escape Rooms

Halloween is drawing near to experience the skill to escape. Escape Rooms are a player based strategic and fun overall solving game. The overall objective is to escape however working with your friends/family or even strangers is the best part about it. Solving Escape Room Puzzle Games with your group can be thrilling.

During Halloween Escape Rooms can be quite popular, but remember escape rooms are yes scary at times to beat the clock but mainly to solve the clue and escape. Our Escape Rooms are open all year around not just Halloween. Read Our FAQ for more information.

 

Escape Room Puzzles and Games

Escape Room Puzzles are very common in any escape room. Our Puzzles offer a amazing group and team effort to solve and to escape the room.

Idaho Falls, ID offers a wide range of different escape rooms within the area, however the escape rooms we have offer more of a investigation to solve mysteries and clues to escape. You can book a private event for your group or team up with others to crack the different puzzles. Our escape rooms have level difficulties, Sherlock’s Study is rated 4 out of 5. So this room is a little more of a brain problem puzzle solving experienced escape room. Book Sherlock’s Study and witness the mystery of his kidnapper.

Our Escape room Exodus is about being captive in an Egyptian era were unlocking secrets is key for your escape. The room experience is rated 3 out of 5. Book Exodus Now and escape the Egyptian Palace.