Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Aphelion

July 4th is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 180 days remaining until the end of the year. The Aphelion, the location in space where the Earth is farthest from the Sun, occurs around this date. Aren't we lucky our earth never strays further from our sun than its Aphelion?

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. If I were Her Majesty the Queen of England, I would feel very bad every July 4th!

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games and family reunions. July 4th is the national day of the United States and watching fireworks is very popular.

Here is my own fireworks... In Miami, all our Royal poinciana (Delonix regia) are in bloom. Spectacular!

1 comment:

jennifer anderson said...

our firworks this year are banned in western kentucky baecause of the very hot and very dry weather. several fields have caught on fire lately.