Celebrate the history of Independence Day

Happy Fourth of July!

While many will be firing up the grill, jumping in the pool, and enjoying fireworks on July 4, the fun summer celebrations we’ve all come to love would not be possible without the foresight of the founding fathers.

If it’s been a while since your last American history class, let’s reflect on that important historical moment now.

According to Britannica.com, Independence Day in the United States is the annual celebration of nationhood as it commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

Interestingly, Britannica.com states that at first, the partying was more somber than what we’re used to today. “The marking of the first days of independence during the summer of 1776 actually took the form in many towns of a mock funeral for the King of England, whose ‘death’ symbolized the end of monarchy and tyranny and the rebirth of liberty,” states the encyclopedia.

“By the 19th century, with the growth and diversification of American society, the Fourth of July commemoration became a patriotic tradition,” the encyclopedia continues.

Perhaps most importantly, Independence Day is a holiday to celebrate just what the name implies: the independent choice we each have to achieve greatness, be good neighbors and members of our community, and to decide the age-old question that always presents itself at Fourth of July get-togethers: hot dog or hamburger?


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