America’s Birthday is passed, but families from East to West continue to enjoy fireworks, picnics, bicycling, water sports, etc. It’s that time of the year and we love our festivities – even if they are different this year due to COVID -19. If you, a family member, or friend under quarantine, answer our July trivia. Hopefully, you already know some of these answers, even if you just found out over the holiday weekend, but if you have to search online for answers . . . we’ll never tell.

  1. Which Virginian proposed independence for the American colonies by introducing a resolution in the Second Continental Congress?
  2. Which former president believed July 2nd to be the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, so much so, that he reportedly turned down invitations to speak at July 4th celebrations?
  3. What took place on July 4th, 1776, that labeled this day as Independence Day?
  4. In what year did the U.S. Congress make July 4th a federal holiday?
  5. Which two U.S. presidents died on July 4th in 1826?

(Answers at the end of this post)

Have an off-the-chart summer picnic with Virginia Baked Beans

Virginia Baked Bean – shared by Brandie@TheCountryCook


  • ½ pound bacon
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 (16 oz) cans of pork and beans, undrained
  • 3 tbsp mustard (yellow or Dijon)
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a skillet, fry bacon until crispy, then crumble; save the bacon drippings, about a 1/4 cup if your bacon was fatty enough.
  3. Finely chop the onion, sauté over medium heat in the bacon drippings until onion is transparent; add oil if necessary.
  4. Mix all remaining ingredients and add the onions (with bacon fat) and crumbled bacon; add salt and pepper.
  5. Pour into a 9 x 13 glass baking dish, cover with aluminum foil, and bake for about an hour (until brown and bubbly).
  6. If you like your beans to be a little less sauce-y, take the aluminum foil off and bake for about another 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Stir before serving.

 From all of us at Gillmann Services, Inc., we wish you a safe and happy July! And remember, today and every day, Gillmann stands ready to assist with all your skilled trades employment needs in the commercial, industrial, mining, manufacturing, and marine construction industries. Give our team a call today.


Trivia question answers—

  1. Richard Henry Lee, an American statesman from Virginia, made the motion, known as the Lee Resolution, for independence from Great Britain.
  2. John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence as that was the day the Continental Congress voted in favor of the Lee resolution.
  3. On July 4th, the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, which had been written mainly by Jefferson.
  4. 1870
  5. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams