The Fourth of July is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States, and for good reason—Independence Day celebrates the day the original 13 colonies announced their separation from Great Britain. While that’s the gist of it, there’s more Fourth of July history to be told. Here are a few more facts from us here at Blackburn Nissan.
The initial battles of the American Revolution began in April 1775, but few colonists wanted an all-out war with the world’s greatest power of the age. Taxation with representation drove more and more colonists to change their view and, by July 1776, the scales tipped.
While the Fourth of July was official made a federal holiday in 1941, its roots are found in the late 1700s during the American Revolution. On July 2, 1772, the Continental Congress voted to declare independence. The Declaration was drafted two days, on July 4, by Thomas Jefferson, unofficially marking the early days of the United States of America.
Prior to the war, annual celebrations had taken place on the king’s birthday. Following the war, some colonists chose instead to hold mock funerals for their defeated king. Festivities, such as concerts, parades, and public readings of the Declaration of Independence, took place as well. Many of those traditions continue to this day. Cities around the country hold parades and concerts as well as fireworks displays each Fourth of July.
Celebrating Memorial Day in Vicksburg is a big deal, due to the area’s history as a key location in the Civil War. It also has the second-largest military cemetery in the US, and features a National Military Park. Here are just a few events that will be happening this coming Memorial Day.
Join the community as we remember those lost in the wars of our past at Vicksburg Auditorium during a special service, including a military band.
National Military Cemetery
Following the service at the auditorium, there will be a motorcade to the military cemetery, where there will be speeches and other programs in honor of fallen soldiers who dedicated their lives to defending our country.
A car show is the perfect place for enthusiasts and history buffs to spend a weekend! The Red Carpet Classic is coming up fast, so be sure to mark your calendars. This year’s annual car show will be held at Blackburn Motor Company in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Grab your keys, the kids, and your car! This year is bound to be one that you don’t want to miss.
All kinds of vehicles are welcome at the 11th annual Red Carpet Classic. Muscle cars, hot rods, race cars, antique vehicles, and tractors are just a handful of what we want to see on the lot! Registration starts at 11am on April 22nd, but attendees can pre-register and save a little money.
The Friday Nite Drive In starts at 6pm and will feature the animated movie Cars. Vehicles will be judged and could win a variety of awards. Several potential awards include the People’s Choice, Sweet 16, Mayor’s Choice, and Kid’s Pick. Awards will be presented at 2pm on the day of the show.
Everyone looks good in black. But did you know that every Nissan looks pretty darn sleek in all black, too? Thankfully, it just got a whole lot easier—and cheaper—to give your Nissan vehicle an urban, stylish look. This is thanks to the new Nissan Midnight Packages, which dress your Nissan in black details for a dark and handsome appearance.
The Nissan Midnight Package isn’t exactly new. It first made an appearance in 2015 on a TV awards program, and was then featured on the Nissan Maxima. The brand had no plans to market it, but they didn’t have to. People saw the look and loved it. They began calling to inquire how they could buy a Maxima that looked like that. Nissan gave the people what they wanted and created a black-on-black package on the Maxima SR. The package made the look much more affordable than buying every part separately as dealer options.
The Midnight Package has been so popular that it’s made up 85% of all Maxima SR sales. With success like that, Nissan figured it was time to share the love. You’ll now find Midnight Packages on six different vehicles—the Sentra, Altima, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, and the Maxima. For your next car, consider paying a visit to Blackburn Nissan and choosing a Nissan with a polished, urban, black-on-black look.
At the North American International Auto Show held last month in Detroit, Nissan showed off its latest concept, which it calls Vmotion 2.0. The Vmotion 2.0 concept is a vision of the where the future may take Nissan and is an example of an ideal vehicle for busy professionals.
The sleek design starts with the signature “V-motion” grille design visible on most Nissan products today. However, on this concept, the design is enhanced with a three-dimensional shape that illuminates when the vehicle is in autonomous ProPILOT mode. The sleek look continues with wrap-around rear glass and a “floating roof” design.
The total design is so striking; the Vmotion 2.0 was actually awarded the EyesOn Design Award for Best Concept Vehicle at the show.
ProPILOT mode is part of “Nissan Intelligent Mobility” and is currently just in a visionary state, but would provide automated driving support on urban roads and at intersections.
Inside the concept, is a large open cabin featuring a “Gliding Wing” dashboard that includes both the instrument panel and infotainment system, which the driver and passenger can enjoy. Rear seat passengers share a center console display. In addition, all seats are designed to be comfortable and supportive with fine leather upholstery.
All in all, the Vmotion 2.0 concept is an inviting look into the future.
The Blackburn Nissan team is excited to see where the Vmotion 2.0 concept takes Nissan in the future.
What’s the difference between cleaning and detailing your car? Well, one of them involves a car wash every once in awhile, while the other is much more in-depth and focuses on keeping the appearance of your vehicle like-new by doing meticulous detail-work. There’s no better time to give your car a good detailing session like New Year’s, so why not make it your personal resolution to make your vehicle shine?
Start From the Inside Out: The interior is crucial to keeping up appearances, so start with carpets first with a stiff brush and compressed air.
Don’t Underestimate Compressors: Spraying compressed air into the ductwork – like your heating and air conditioning system – on your vehicle will get rid of any dust and odd smells, and keep your car smelling brand-new.
Hand-Wash: Washing your vehicle with your hands is less harsh on your vehicle’s paint, and it allows you to get into any weird nooks and crannies an automated car wash couldn’t.
Polish and Wax: Polishing your paint will smooth it out, and you can use it in combination with wax for an extra layer of protection.
Do Glass Last: Get some top-notch glass cleaner and do your windows last – it’ll get gunk all over it from the previous steps, so wait until everything else is done first.
Detailing your car just takes a little bit of time and love, and doing some routine upkeep every season can keep the job from becoming too overwhelming.
When consumers can’t decide what to buy, they turn to the Internet and professional reviews for help, especially when it’s for a vehicle that’s a little out of the ordinary. When it comes to pickup trucks, the go-to is typically an American brand, but iTech Post shook up expectations a little bit when its Nissan Titan review expressed all-around praise for the Japanese pickup, which showcased everything from family-friendly comfort to top-of-the-line power.
The 2017 Nissan Titan offers a Crew Cab model with available Zero Gravity seats for optimized comfort, allowing for spacious interiors that can haul the whole family. Additionally, tons of storage and cargo space in the cabin, under the seats, and in a cargo organizer in the truck bed allow for additional room. The 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine cranks out 390 horsepower matched to a seven-speed transmission for a smooth performance and heavy-lifting.
If you’re looking for a pickup truck that veers away from the mainstream market but still preserves the bold, modern attitude of a great truck, along with all of the versatile configurations and features that can accommodate a family, iTech Post’s Nissan Titan review promises both of these. There’s also plenty of innovative capability engineered into the 2017 Titan’s powertrain, so make sure you give it a look if you’re in the market for a new truck.
Buying a Christmas gift will do for most of your loved ones but some family members might prefer a more personal gift. Arts and crafts may not be your forte but there’s still plenty you can do for the holiday season. Here are some interesting DIY Christmas gifts recommended by us here at Blackburn Nissan. Have a very merry Christmas, everyone!
Knit Blanket – If you have a knack for knitting, use your talent to create an oversized blanket. The technique is rather simple to learn so even those with limited or no knowledge of the craft can create a wonderful Christmas gift that will keep your loved ones warm and cozy for years to come. Such a large project actually takes very little time, just a few hours, compared to many other DIY gifts.
Festive Pillow – Arguably the simplest gift to make on the list, a festive pillow is perfect for adorning your loved one’s home. Take a plain red, green, or white pillow and simply wrap it like a present, bow and all. Forego the wrapping paper and add a festive sprig or ornament to really set the holiday tone.
Bookmarks – If there’s one thing bookworms love more than books, its bookmarks. Create your own by cutting ribbon into nine-inch lengths, add ribbon clamps to both ends with jewelry pliers, and finish by adding charms, trinkets, or other items with jump earing clamps.
The Nissan Rogue is a vehicle designed to take on the toughest terrain and tightest corners with ease which makes it perfect for a “Star Wars” commercial. The Japanese automaker launched its latest “Star Wars”- themed campaign for the 2017 Rogue not long ago. There’s a special edition Rogue to go along with the highly-anticipated film.
The 2017 Nissan Rogue stars in the “Battle Tested” advertising campaign that launched at the end of October. The 30-second and 60-second ads depict the Rogue tearing through harsh terrain as an epic battle between Stormtroopers and rebels go head-to-head in a winner-takes-all matchup. The Nissan Rogue “Star Wars” commercial is bound to excite movie fans and auto enthusiasts alike.
The 30-second spot is slated to air on television while the 60-second ad is currently available for your viewing pleasure on Nissan’s YouTube channel.
Nissan also launched the Ultimate Access Sweepstakes with the ads. Fans can register for a chance to win a free pass to attend the release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” in Hollywood.
As for the special edition Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition model, drivers can expect to see special badging designed by Lucasfilm as well as a full-size replica Death Trooper helmet. The model will be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
We here at Blackburn Nissan are pumped to see the Rogue representing the Nissan brand in such a creative commercial for a legendary franchise!
Do you have a long family trip ahead of you this holiday season? You are going to want to make sure that – before you dig into that turkey – your family’s trip to grandma’s is as efficient, safe, and short as possible.
Here are some Thanksgiving travel tips to help you prepare:
Be sure that every member of the family has everything they need by creating a separate packing list just for them.
Research your route ahead of time before hitting the road. If you rely entire on a GPS system to get you there, you may find yourself delayed or lost if there is traffic, construction, etc.
Pack non-perishable, healthy snacks for the road so that you will be less tempted to stop for fast food, which can make you sluggish behind the wheel.
If you’re taking to the skies, be sure to pack refillable water bottles that you can get through security and then fill up with fresh water before boarding.
Lastly, plan any air travel as far in advance as you can, ensuring that you have plenty of options and can make the right financial decision.
For more family driving tips or to check out our many available, spacious vehicles, visit us anytime at Blackburn Nissan.