Why Red, White, and Blue?

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With the 4th of July right around the corner our members will have many red, white, and blue inspired beverage options. We do this to celebrate Independence Day, but have you ever wondered why those colors? Why were those colors chosen for the flag and to represent America? Thanks an article called Why the U.S. Flag is Red, White, and Blue by the TIME we now know!

“The colors and their significance still trace back to the birth of the country, and had very specific meanings in the creation of the Great Seal a year earlier. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution authorizing a committee to develop a seal for the country. The committee was instructed to draw up a seal that reflected the Founding Fathers’ beliefs and values, as well as the sovereignty of the new nation. Red, white and blue were chosen, and the Great Seal was officially adopted on June 20, 1782.

Heraldic devices such as seals have specific meanings for each element and color, and the U.S. Seal was no exception. Charles Thomson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, explained the significance to Congress when he presented the seal. “The colors,” Thomson said at the time, “are those used in the flag of the United States of America. White signifies purity and innocence. Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue… signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”

So while your sipping on your festive beverage remember not only to think about the delicious flavors the bartenders were able to incorporate in the drink, but also remember to think about what it symbolizes. Did you learn something new? Let us know!