Independence Day: The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave
Happy 4th of July! Today, Americans celebrate our freedom by enjoying summertime with friends and family. Below we look at how America was born and suggest some ways to celebrate Independence Day.
The Birth of a New Nation
Everyone knows that July 4th is Independence Day. It marks the beginning of the land of the free and the home of the brave. Right?
However, did you know that the United States of America was technically born on July 2, 1776?
Although we celebrate July 4th as Independence Day, the American colonists first declared their independence from Great Britain on July 2, 1776. Future Vice President and President John Adams believed July 2nd would be the day to remember. In a letter to his wife Abigail, Adams wrote:
The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.
So why do we celebrate July 4th and not July 2nd?
Formalizing The Independence from Great Britain:
On July 4, 1776, a group of influential British colonists gathered at Independence Hall in Philadelphia for the Second Continental Congress. Their purpose: to formally adopt a document which would separate the American colonies from Great Britain and create 13 sovereign states (the original colonies). These would later become the independent nation that we now call the United States of America.
But why did these Englishmen want independence? Their actions came over a decade after the 1765 British Stamp Act. Before declaring independence, the colonists had tried different things to show their displeasure with British rule. Starting with boycotts of British goods, they ended up at war (the Revolutionary War). Because the crown had no sympathy for the colonists, the Americans decided to make their own way.
The Declaration of Independence
Over a year after war broke out in the colonies, the Declaration of Independence formalized the Americans’ desire for independence in writing. So even though July 2nd was the initial declaration of American independence from Great Britain, everyone remembers and celebrates the 4th as Independence Day.
The opening paragraphs of the Declaration contains these famous words:
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, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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.
The Best Ways to Celebrate Independence Day
Americans are fiercely independent and love to celebrate this fact. For modern Americans, Independence Day has become synonymous with summer fun. Below are some of the best ways to celebrate Independence Day.
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Celebrate America’s birthday by learning more about Independence Day. Then, get out there and have some summertime with friends and family!