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Independence Day is upon us….No not the amazing early 90’s movie….though now that you mention it that would be fun to watch this week. Anyhow, The Fourth of July is here and I am as giddy as a school girl (what does that saying even mean?). While I am unsure of what that saying means, I do know that The Fourth of July is my FAVORITE day of the entire year! So for this entire week I am going to share some of the fun ways I am celebrating this year.
But before we can celebrate we should probably understand the why and how of Independence Day, especially given the sense of divide in the air among Americans, as of late. While we are all different and unique in our races, ethnicity’s, religions, and creeds, we are all the children of the great and wonderful experiment of democracy, so that makes us all alike. Lets take a quick History Lesson, shall we?
“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. 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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”
Yes I realize there is some discrepancies in the dates. Most historians agree now that the vote to approve a resolution of independence took place on July 2nd, with the actual Declaration of Independence document being written and ratified over the next two days and released to the public on July 5th.
Without a true understanding of what took place over 200 years ago we can’t properly celebrate. John Adams knew what is was that was going on, He understood the great privilege and even greater responsibility that the Continental Congress was taking into its hands when they began by saying, “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, “. That same privilege and responsibility is ours today.
The great experiment began that day, and it goes on still today. So light your fireworks, and eat your hot dog, by all means (I sure has heck will be) but don’t forget that while our history has been sorted and painful, it as also get amazing and unique and deserves both contemplation and celebration.
Come back tomorrow for a 1000 word dissertation on the Preamble…. just kidding….I promise we will make something fun and pretty!