Independence Day, the significance of July 4th, 1776 and why we celebrate it.

Independence Day, the significance of July 4th, 1776 and why we celebrate it.

For most Americans, July Fourth is filled with a day off from work/school, fireworks, and outdoor cookouts. And we have a wonderful time keeping with those traditions. But do we all really know the significance of this important holiday to ALL Americans?

Painting portraying the signing of the Declaration of Independence

The signing of the Declaration of Independence painting portraying the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It can be found in The Library of Congress.

The original copy of the Declaration of Independence was “drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson’s most enduring monument. Here, in exalted and unforgettable phrases, Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts of the American people. The political philosophy of the Declaration was not new; its ideals of individual liberty had already been expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers. What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy in “self-evident truths” and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country.”

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html

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The written transcript version can be found:

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/print_friendly.html?page=declaration_transcript_content.html&title=NARA%20%7C%20The%20Declaration%20of%20Independence%3A%20A%20Transcription

The American Flag

American Flag

“Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies, the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.”

Flag History

So, have your outdoor cookouts, make Stars and Stripes Sandwich Cookies, and have fun watching fireworks but please don’t forget to fly your American Flags high and give honor and thanks to those forefathers that made it all possible. God Bless America!!!

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