Why do we celebrate the 4th of July?
We know that on July 4, 1776, in the middle of the American Revolution, the Second Continental Congress and the 13 colonies professed themselves to be a new nation, The United States of America, and no longer to be under British rule. We know they declared that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
We acknowledge those as facts. But why do we celebrate them today?
We celebrate because America is remarkable! We celebrate because there is no other country quite like ours!
We celebrate that men and women from all over the world came to this land by choice as colonists, traveling across the sea to a foreign land in order to start a new life free of oppression and full of opportunity.
We celebrate that from this pursuit of liberty came forth a new method of self-ruling, a democracy, which would become the model to nations around the world. We celebrate that on this day, 241 years ago, a declaration was made that set forth the course that paved the way for all that we have today.
This year, let us all take a moment to stop and reflect about what Independence Day means to us as a nation and to each of us personally. Let us turn our hearts and minds to that fateful day in Philadelphia and consider what the signing of that document meant meant to those founding fathers. Let us stand with a new resolve to return our country to the place where stood for something greater and when we dared to dream big dreams.