The 4th of July… with thanks to our founding fathers and Kaiser William I

As we prepare for another glorious Fourth of July holiday here in the Islands, it might be worthwhile to thank not only our founding fathers, but also the German Kaiser who in 1872 made it possible for us in the San Juan Islands to celebrate the holiday with the rest of the country.

Prior to 1872, The San Juan Islands were disputed territory between Canada and the United States. The Kaiser was chosen as the arbitrator to resolve the dispute and on the 21st of October 1872 the decision was made that the San Juans were to be American territory. It is because of this decisionthat  we celebrate the 4th of July rather than Victoria Day (which this year was held on the 23rd of May) or Canada Day celebrated on 1 July.

Speaking of celebrating, there’s lots to do on Orcas this 4th of July. Click here to get the latest information on what’s happening this weekend.

See you around the Island and have a safe holiday!

Posted on June 30, 2016 at 12:59 pm
Tom Maiuro | Category: Uncategorized

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