Fun Facts About Independence Day

Every year on July 4, Americans celebrate Independence Day with parades, cookouts, concerts and fireworks displays. This national holiday marks the date in 1776 when the Founding Fathers first declared their independence from England, and the rest, as they say, is history. Here are a few fun facts about Independence Day.
Historical fun facts
Betsy Ross is believed to have sewn the first American flag in May or June of 1776. She was commissioned to undertake the flag-sewing project by the Congressional Committee.
The first draft of the Declaration of Independence was presented by drafting committee member, Thomas Jefferson, on June 28, 1776. Other members of the committee were John Adams, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin and Philip Livingston.
On July 4 of that year, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Second Continental Congress. However, the 56 signatories did not execute the landmark document at the same time, nor did they all sign the document on July 4. Instead, the most prolific signing date occurred the following month on August 2, when 50 men endorsed it.
John Hancock was the first and only party to execute the Declaration on July 4, 1776, and he did so in his role as President of the Second Continental Congress. The final signer was Thomas McKean in January 1777.
The names of the Declaration’s signers were kept secret from the public for more than six months to protect their identities. If the U.S. had not won independence, the signers would have been declared traitors and put to death under English law.
Today, the original Declaration document is on display at the National Archives and Records Administration in the nation’s capital.
Early Independence Day observance
On July 8, 1776, the first Independence Day celebrations occurred in Philadelphia. The Liberty Bell rang from Independence Hall’s tower on that date. The purpose of the bell ringing was to summon the public to assemble and hear the first reading of the Declaration. Colonel John Nixon performed that momentous reading.
It was not until 1804 that the White House celebrated the first public Independence Day event. In 1941, Congress formally declared July 4 a federal holiday.
Independence Day celebrations today
Launched in 1785, the Fourth of July Celebration in Bristol, R.I., is said to be the oldest and longest-running in the U.S.
The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display in New York is marking its 35th year in 2012. Millions gather every year to watch the display, which includes more than 40,000 shells that light up the sky over the Hudson River. The event is accompanied by musical performances and televised nationwide.
The White House observes July 4 every year by hosting events that can include anything from a barbecue and USO show in honor of veterans and troops, to kids’ activities and fireworks.
However you decide to honor the nation’s birthday this year, these are just a few Independence Day fun facts to share with family and friends at your special gathering.

Friday Night Cruisin’ at Jack Maxton

Friday Night Cruisin’ was a big hit this past Friday, June 15th.  We had over 250 cars registered; being one of our biggest shows in 21 years! Thank you to everyone that came out to enjoy the festivities. Jack Maxton Chevrolet featured the Jacked Up Band… and WOW were they fantastic! We gave out over 70 awards to celebrate the amazing classics on the lot.  Join us again, July 20th for Friday Night Cruisin’ – featuring The VanDells. We will be giving out awards for Maxton’s favorite Chevelle, Nova, Monte Carlo, Camaro, Wagon, D.J. Choice, Best of Show and Class for all other Chevy’s. As always, all entries are Chevy powered Chevy’s only.

Chevy News: 2013 Volt Will Go Farther

The 2013 Chevrolet Volt will be able to drive 8.6 percent further solely on electric power, but recharging the battery will take slightly longer, General Motors said today.

The 2013 model will be able to travel 38 miles on a single charge — three miles more than the 2012 model. Coupled with its extended-range gasoline engine, the Volt’s total range will be about 380 miles, GM said. When the battery is exhausted, the gasoline engine will power the car for about 340 more miles..

The automaker also said that the miles-per-gallon equivalent will increase from 94 mpg to 98 mpg.

GM slightly altered the composition of the Volt’s battery, allowing to it store 16.5 kilowatt hours of energy, up from 16 in the 2012 model.

Bill Wallace, GM’s director of global battery systems engineering, said the increase was achieved by minor modifications to the battery’s composition.

“The best way to explain what we’ve done at the cell level is to compare it to a cake batter recipe,” Wallace said in a statement. “Sometimes if you use more sugar and less vanilla you get a better tasting cake. We’ve done some work at the cell level to modify the ‘ingredients’ to make a better end result.”

But the battery will take longer to charge. Using a 240-volt outlet, the 2013 model can be fully recharged in 4 hours and 15 minutes — about a15 minute increase from the current model. It will take 10 hours to charge the vehicle from a 120-volt outlet, a half-hour increase. The battery cells are manufactured by supplier LG Chem, and the batteries are assembled by GM at a plant in suburban Detroit.

GM sold 7,057 Volts during the first five months of 2012. It sold 2,184 during the same time period last year.

The 2013 Volt goes on sale in August, GM says.


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Chevrolet Malibu Eco Achieves Double Safety Honors

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco is the first and only all-new 2013 midsize car to receive double honors for safety including a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Both are the highest ratings possible.

The IIHS tests vehicles to determine how well they protect occupants in front and side crash tests, in rollovers via a roof strength test, and simulated rear impacts to evaluate seat and head restraints for protection against neck injuries. The Malibu Eco achieved a “good” score in all four types of tests performed and has standard electronic stability control, which the IIHS requires for Top Safety Pick designation.

In achieving the 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, the Malibu Eco was tested under NHTSA’s revised New Car Assessment Program. The overall score is based on frontal and side crash tests in addition to evaluation for rollover resistance. Under the rating system, performances in three test segments are combined mathematically into an “Overall Vehicle Score.”

“With the Malibu Eco, Chevrolet has earned seven 2012 TOP SAFETY PICK  awards,” said IIHS President Adrian Lund. “The IIHS and NHTSA results demonstrate GM’s commitment to state-of-the-art crash protection.”


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It’s baseball time at Jack Maxton Chevrolet!

What a way to spend a Saturday morning; watching North Columbus Sports play baseball. There were kids just starting to learn the game and others that looked like all-star players. Seeing the Clinic Leagues (ages 6-8) was so much fun! The expressions on their faces when hitting the ball and taking off to first base was priceless. The Boys’ Clinic League was just starting to slide into bases, and both boys and girls were shouting chants and cheers the entire game. The Junior Boys’ and Girls’ League was a great age that really showed the progression of the hard work the coaches and parents put in. The kids had a great grasp on the game and their increasing competitiveness was apparent. Senior leagues and up (ages 12-18), were bursting with major talent! Everyone looked to be on their “A Game” talking strategy and approach. You were easily drawn into the seriousness of the baseball game with this group of kids.

Jim Johnson, the Clinic Boys’ League Commissioner, gave us the grand tour of the baseball fields and showed us the plans to makeover “Field 6”. With the opportunity Jack Maxton and Chevy Youth Baseball have provided them, they have the chance to raise up to $10,000 to give the field a major face lift. They were very grateful for everything Jack Maxton and Chevrolet has been able to do for them! Also, after meeting with the President of North Columbus Sports, Gerry Deluca, we learned the leagues are heavily invested in raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation ®. They have already raised thousands of dollars for the organization and plan to do more. Jack Maxton Chevrolet will be out volunteering with North Columbus Sports for the fundraising events for Make a Wish Foundation ®, and hope to see you there for a great day of baseball! Stay tuned for dates and times…