Highlighted Site of the Week – Two Sites for Celebrating the 4th of July - State and Federal Communications

July 6, 2012  •  

Highlighted Site of the Week – Two Sites for Celebrating the 4th of July

U.S. CapitolIn honor of Independence Day, this week I have found two interesting sites featuring a historical project that took place on the 4th of July in 1959 and a website introducing patriotic phone apps that offer games, puzzles and quizzes. Our Highlighted Sites of the Week are clerk.house.gov and gov.tech.com.

According to the Historical Highlights section of the Office of the Clerk website, President Dwight D. Eisenhower arranged the cornerstone for the East Front extension of the U.S. Capitol on the 4th of July. Thousands of people gathered at the construction site for a ceremony honoring the 1959 project.

Eisenhower spoke to his audience about commemorating the Declaration of Independence that provided the groundwork for American society. “As we now lay this new cornerstone in the United States Capitol, we are grateful for the courageous beginnings of a new nation, represented by the first stone.”

In the spirit of Independence Day, Govtech featured an article called “4 Patriotic Apps to Celebrate Fourth of July” introducing phone apps ranging from United States Quizzle questions to Fireworks Arcade games. The United States Quizzle app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch features multiple-choice questions about presidential history and facts about states. Every correct answer awards 100 points, so users are encouraged to play!

Through a series of five beginner-level games, the free Fireworks Arcade app for iPhone and iPad offers various festive fireworks displays. One of the games, called Spark Samurai, allows the player to slice fireworks for points while avoiding bombs. Whether you have a knack for playing phone apps or learning about American history, these websites will inform and entertain you!

Enjoy these sites and have a nice weekend!

Photo of the U.S. Capitol by Kmccoy in Wikipedia.

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