Independence Day – Fourth Of July
We love you, Great Britain, but we've got to go.
It's not you, it's me.
No, actually, it is you. And we don't want to pay your taxes. Especially without representation.
We're celebrating our independence from the rule of Great Britain and the birth of a sovereign nation – the United States of America.
A Federal Holiday
Although Independence Day has been celebrated since the 18th century, it was in 1870 that the U.S. Congress made 04 July a federal holiday. It then became a paid federal holiday in 1941.
We like the paid part. To this day, I can remember my joy at having my first paid holiday. There I was, at home, eating bonbons (well, not really, but it sounds good) and getting paid for it.
Do you remember some of your first paid holidays?
The Declaration Of Independence
Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams were among the key players in the creation of the Declaration of Independence. They are considered the founding fathers of the United States of America.
It is noteworthy that Jefferson wrote, "We hold these truths to be sacred and un-deniable..." and it was Franklin who changed it to the phrase we all know:
On 02 July 1776, the Continental Congress of the American colonies voted in favor of independence from Great Britain. Two days later on 04 July, the delegates ratified and signed the Declaration of Independence.
The 4th of July is the day celebrated as the birth of American Independence. As a significant patriotic holiday, its most common symbol is the American flag. The word “patriotism” comes from the Latin “patria” meaning “fatherland.”
The 2nd Or 4th Of July
Humans wouldn't be humans without disagreement. Some founding fathers, John Adams in particular, believed we should celebrate the 2nd of July, when Congress first voted in favor of the resolution.
In fact, as a protest, even when personally invited, Adams refused to join any 4th of July celebrations.
But here's a little Twilight Zone moment.
John Adams died on 04 July 1826 at the age of 90.
Coincidence? Or did his spirit, in some fashion, relent and claim the 4th of July by dying on that day?
However, the plot thickens. Thomas Jefferson also died on the exact same day at the age of 83, just hours before John Adams.
04 July 1826.
This preamble is considered an enduring statement of human rights and a moral compass for the United States. All men are created equal has been called "one of the best-known sentences in the English language."
Students who have studied The Second Degree of The Radiance Technique® can direct energy to the founding of this country. You could also direct energy to a person from the past who helped create the Declaration of Independence.
Do you have a favorite founding father?
Enjoy your 4th of July holiday.
And oh, by the way, we still love you, Great Britain.
I remember singing this song with the high school choir, our music director waving his arms with gusto. Over these many years, I would often sing the opening line to myself.
Be sure to take a listen.