Not just the 4th of July it is Independence Day
The celebration of Independence Day is not to commemorate a specific day on the calendar, but a specific event in the history of the United States of America, the signing of the The Declaration of Independence. What often gets lost in the celebration of the holiday is that the battle for Independence was much more that a one day event.
The Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, as a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2, 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War.
While we celebrate July 4, 1776 as the "birth date" of the United States of America, many battles were fought in the American Revolutionary War over the next several years. It would not be until the Battle of Yorktown in 1781 that it appeared the states would actually gain independence, and the states wound not truly be united until The United States Constitution was ratified in 1788.
In the true spirit of Independence Day, remember the day we celebrate is more than just a celebration of backyard picnics, and fun in the sun.
The founding fathers of the United States paid a high price to establish this society. They paid a high price for something we often take for granted, they paid a high price for our freedoms.
The commitment we celebrate on Independence Day
You may remember how the Declaration of Independence begins:
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another..."
But do you remember how it ends?
"... with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
The Declaration of Independence is more than just a formal statement, it is a commitment to each other. It is that commitment we celebrate on Independence Day.
Join us in the pages that follow, as we reflect on the meaning of Independence Day, and read the text of the Declaration of Independence.