Independence Day is based upon self-evident truths
I invite everyone to remember what the holiday on July 4th represents.
America’s birthday is called Independence Day for a reason. July 4, 1776, is the official date of independence from an oppressive government. For 245 years, Americans have celebrated this day of remembrance with cookouts, parades and fireworks.
“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 first Patriots of this great country voted for independence from the British rule on July 2, 1776. The Declaration of Independence was a written explanation to their fellow colonists as to why the Continental Congress had voted for independence. This document was formally adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776.
I invite everyone to reread the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives website at archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript.
We all need to remember why we enjoy the freedom we have in this country, and why the Continental Congress declared “these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown.”
“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” I hope you will share your experience of reading with others and why the Fourth of July is called Independence Day. Enjoy the cookouts, parades and fireworks. Remember why it is such a great American holiday.
This July 4 is the perfect time to remind all Americans about the Declaration of Independence and the foundation of our country. Happy Independence Day!
John A. Humphries
Colonel John Hardin Chapter
Sons of the American Revolution