Happy Independence Day!

Let’s celebrate this amazing country that allows us all the pursuit of happiness!

God Bless America!

Nothing this side of heaven is perfect, neither is America, but it is still one of the best places on this planet to be! Let’s push the last two years or so aside for one day and remember America, the hope and dream she stands for. Millions of people have been leaving their lives behind in the hopes to build a better life here. Many have found success. What makes America great and amazing is that despite the bad things, people in general are striving to do better and that the best we can do as humans. We have heard all the bad that happened in America over the last couple of years, some of it true, some of it blown totally out of proportion and some of it just straight up lies. But today, at least for one day, forget all of it! Just enjoy that we and our families have the opportunity to be in the land of the free! Enjoy that generations before us have fought for us to be able to pursue happiness. Let’s make great and happy memories today with our families!

Enjoy the day with good food, friends and family. Play, sing and laugh! Remember what Jesus told us in Matthew 6:34

“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

What have you planned? Are you grilling hot dogs? Have cup cakes and lemonade?

Our family will celebrate with hot dogs, potato salad and lemonade. For desert we have cheesecake with raspberries and blueberries.

Play with the kids, turn on the sprinkler and maybe even put up the slip ‘n slide? Maybe you even have a pool?

We don’t have little kids in our family anymore, my kids are all grown up but I miss the laughter of little kids!

As a former homeschool mom I would be amiss if I wouldn’t add a short form of the America’s journey to independence! 🙂

The Story of Independence Day and America’s Birthday

Independence Day is the national holiday of the United States of America commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

At the time of the signing the US consisted of 13 colonies under the rule of England’s King George III. There was growing unrest in the colonies concerning the taxes that had to be paid to England. This was commonly referred to as “Taxation without Representation” as the colonists did not have any representation in the English Parliament and had no say in what went on. As the unrest grew in the colonies, King George sent extra troops to help control any rebellion. In 1774 the 13 colonies sent delegates to Philadelphia Pennsylvania to form the First Continental Congress. The delegates were unhappy with England, but were not yet ready to declare war.

In April 1775 as the King’s troops advanced on Concord Massachusetts Paul Revere would sound the alarm that “The British are coming, the British are coming” as he rode his horse through the late night streets.

The battle of Concord and its “shot heard round the world” would mark the unofficial beginning of the colonies war for Independence.

The following May the colonies again sent delegates to the Second Continental Congress. For almost a year the congress tried to work out its differences with England, again without formally declaring war.

By June 1776 their efforts had become hopeless and a committee was formed to compose a formal declaration of independence. Headed by Thomas Jefferson, the committee included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Livingston and Roger Sherman. Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the first draft which was presented to the congress on June 28. After various changes a vote was taken late in the afternoon of July 4th. Of the 13 colonies, 9 voted in favor of the Declaration, 2 – Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted No, Delaware undecided and New York abstained.

To make it official John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence. It is said that John Hancock signed his name “with a great flourish” so “King George can read that without spectacles!.”

The following day copies of the Declaration were distributed. The first newspaper to print the Declaration was the Pennsylvania Evening Post on July 6, 1776. On July 8th the Declaration had its first public reading in Philadelphia’s Independence Square. Twice that day the Declaration was read to cheering crowds and pealing church bells. Even the bell in Independence Hall was rung. The “Province Bell” would later be renamed “Liberty Bell” after its inscription –

Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants Thereof

And although the signing of the Declaration was not completed until August, the 4th of July has been accepted as the official anniversary of United States independence. The first Independence Day celebration took place the following year – July 4 1777. By the early 1800s the traditions of parades, picnics, and fireworks were established as the way to celebrate America’s birthday. And although fireworks have been banned in most places because of their danger, most towns and cities usually have big firework displays for all to see and enjoy.

Happy Independence Day

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