Independence Day or more commonly known as the 4th of July celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence back on July 4th, 1776. This is when the Continental Congress declaring that the 13 colonies would no longer answer to British rule. The colonies actually agreed to this on the 2nd of July but the Declaration was not finished and signed until the 4th, some early signers of the Declaration of Independence believe that we should have used the 2nd and not the 4th as the actual date of acknowledgment.
For me this holiday seems to get lost in the fireworks, barbecue and back yard parties. We have some how forgotten about the brave men who fought this war. These men were fighting with minimal supplies and often cloth for shoes through the heart of the rigid winter. A war where our ancestors fought with true grit and tenacity; forging this nation on determination and a real appreciation for freedom. Could you imagine what would happen to a person if they light old glory on fire in those days? It feels like too many have lost their understanding of what it took to earn this independence.
Your freedom has never been free, it was paid in advance with the lives of our forefathers. Please do not forget those we will never be able to thank for their sacrifice.
Did you know...
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on 7/4/1826
It wasn't until 1870 that the 4th of July was made a federal holiday by the government