Tuesday, July 3, 2018
On July 4, 1776, the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence, marking the birth of a new and independent nation. Just two days before the adoption in a meeting in Philadelphia, members of the Second Continental Congress decided they would become a nation and separate themselves from the British Empire.
Following its adoption, the Declaration was read to the public in various cities across America. Patriots celebrated throughout the streets in cheers and celebrations. In 1777, Philadelphians remembered the Fourth of July by firing guns, lighting candles and setting off firecrackers.
Over time, the Fourth of July has become a common occasion for family get-togethers involving outdoor activities like barbecues and fireworks. To this day, the Fourth of July is one of the most patriotic holidays celebrated in the United States.
While we take time to recognize our country’s rich history, it is also important to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
As we celebrate with friends and family this Fourth of July, let’s remember that our freedom is not free. We are the land of the free because of the brave. We have private property rights, the freedoms of speech, religion and the press, and the right to vote, which are not afforded to all countries. Everyone should take a moment to reflect on how blessed we are to call ourselves Americans.
Happy Fourth of July!