Gordon McKernan Covers the State in Stars and Stripes for the Fourth

McKernan celebrates Independence Day by changing almost 100 billboards across the state to the American flag.

The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, commemorates the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This document spoke as the 13 colonies’ official claim of independence from Great Britain and pioneered the birth of our independent and flourishing nation.

Americans typically celebrate the Fourth of July with boat days, cookouts and fireworks in the company of friends and family. However, it’s also an opportunity for Americans to reflect on the sacrifice and perseverance that lead the United States of America to where it is today.

In honor of Independence Day, Gordon McKernan has changed almost 100 billboards across the state of Louisiana to display the American flag.

“It’s my hope that my efforts to honor such a joyous celebration will fill hearts with pride and patriotism!”

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Four Fun Facts about the Fourth:

  • Some argue that Independence Day should be July 2! Congress voted in favor of declaring independence on July 2, 1776, but the Declaration of Independence was dated July 4, 1776.
  • The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rings 13 times every year on July 4 to honor the 13 original colonies.
  • It took nearly 100 years for the nation to recognize the Fourth of July as an official holiday! The Fourth of July was first recognized as a federal holiday in 1870.
  • Calvin Coolidge is the only President of the United States who was born on July 4th.