Happy Independence Day everyone! On this great day it is common for people to spend time with family, enjoy a nice summer day off, have a barbecue and pack up the blankets to enjoy a nice evening of fireworks. What a way to spend such an awesome holiday! I really mean that; no sarcasm today. Not many people know this but this sort of behavior is exactly what our country’s forefathers envisioned and intended as celebration for this great day in history and it’s quite thrilling that we’ve held true to tradition and more importantly, have not forgotten the true meaning of the holiday. Not that you aren’t already aware of the long and short of how this holiday came to be, but here’s a little more background that may give you some new insight:
After fighting the good fight for a little over a year Congress held a secret vote and sided ‘for’ our independence from the Brits’. Two days later on 4 July 1776 the Declaration of Independence was published and we as a nation were officially a stand-alone country free from British rules, regulations and more importantly, taxes. Thereafter 4 July has been celebrated with pageantry, games, barbeques and a general spirit of American pride. In a letter to his wife Abigail, John Adams suggested this great day in history be commemorated with “pomp and parade with sports, shows, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations”. Later, in the year 1791 the new name of “Independence Day” was bestowed on 4 July and has been used ever since.
In more modern times we celebrate our country’s maintained independence with barbeques and fireworks and I couldn’t be happier! This is one of the few holidays with historical and military meaning that has not fallen by the wayside or meaning swept under the rug. Yipee! With that being said, enjoy this great day, have some barbecue and remember: you are a proud American! Land of the free and home of the brave! Happy Independence Day! 🙂