WHY DO WE CELEBRATE 4TH OF JULY?
What do we think of when July 4th draws closer ? – a day off, picnics, trips and lots of good food and fireworks, of course. 😊
Having a great time on the 4th is the American way! 🇺🇸 We all look forward to have good time with our families and friends.
But let us not forget about the meaning of that very important day in our Nation’s history – the birth of the United States of America. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸In 1776 when our founding fathers signed a document – Declaration of Independence – which gave birth to the Greatest Country on God’s Green Earth.
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We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately” ~ Benjamin Franklin at the signing of the Declaration of Independence
Years ago I read a great article by Pat Boone – The Real Meaning of the Fourth of July and I’d like to share a part of it with you. It’s a great and quick read.
“It was in Philadelphia, and the signers of that document, composed by Thomas Jefferson, knew that this declaration of independence from the dictatorial rule of Great Britain might also be – literally – their death sentence.
They knew full well that the wrath and might of the British army would be sailing across the Atlantic to descend on the relatively defenseless colonies. They knew their scattered “states” didn’t have the numbers or arms or training to stand against the British, much less defeat them militarily. Yet they put their signatures, and their lives, their families, their destiny, on that parchment.
And so, against all odds, and even against reason, that Declaration told the world that “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states.” The only importance of the 4th day of July, then, is that it marks the birth of the United States of America.
The very words should send awe-filled shivers up your spine, as they do mine.
Most of the people living in those colonies had simply had enough of British domination, of working and virtually existing at the pleasure of a king they didn’t know and who obviously considered them his indentured servants. They wanted to be free, to make their own decisions, to govern themselves and breathe the sweet air of liberty.
The first celebration of American Independence took place four days later in Philadelphia, where the Continental Congress was still meeting. The ceremony began with a public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Then, from the tower of the State House, now called Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell rang out. The coat of arms of the king of England was taken down. And there was a parade. And cannons boomed. The people, though aware of what lay ahead, cheered! A new nation sprang to life.
That’s what this day is meant to be about.
John Adams, himself a signer of the Declaration, thought that Americans should henceforth celebrate a “great anniversary festival.” In a letter to his wife Abigail he wrote, “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”
But between those two celebrations, in 1776 and 1788, there was much horrible fighting, rivers of bloodshed, the deaths and bankruptcies of many of the signers of the Declaration, families torn apart and businesses and farms destroyed. The freedoms declared by the Declaration — and ushered into fact by the Constitution — were secured at a terrible cost.
Soon, across the growing nation, at sunrise on July 4, salutes were fired and bells were rung. Flags were flown from buildings, from homes, and along the streets. Shop windows were decorated with red, white, and blue. Churches held special services.
What’s Independence Day like today? Do most people you know actually make time to purposely celebrate our independence in meaningful ways?
Surely this weekend is a time for all of us who really cherish that original dream, the one for which so many have died, to individually and collectively re-declare our independence from tyranny, despotism, taxation without representation, and debts that no free society should ever bear. And allegiance to the blood-bought foundation of government of, by, and for the people . . . people who are determined to live free.”
And there you have it, my Dear Reader – WHY DO WE CELEBRATE 4TH OF JULY? I’d like to wish you and yours a happy and safe Independence Day!
Have fun celebrating and enjoy your freedom! 🇺🇸
Also, I thought that you might enjoy seeing how my grandson, Little G, is already ready to celebrate the Independence Day … all loaded up, packed up and hyped up about big booms! 😀
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