July 4th is called the birth of America. On this day, the Declaration of Independence was signed and America justified her separation from Great Britain, in 1776.
Down through the ages, the 4th of July has been celebrated with firework and picnics and a general gathering of peoples throughout the United States. The musical accompaniment for this very special day is America’s National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”
In celebration in the years 1777 and 1781, George Washington gave the soldiers that served under him a double ration of rum.
Massachusetts was the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday. It did not become a national federal holiday until 1941.
The Declaration was mostly written by Thomas Jefferson, but he was assisted by John Adams, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin and Robert Livingston. Adams and Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, fifty years after the signing of The Declaration of Independence.
There is a saying, “May we think of freedom not as the right to do what we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” How wonderful it would be if each American on July 4th, would remember this statement and pledge to live by it.
Doing what is ‘right,’ has cost America many of her citizens; not only their freedom but their life.
Let us continue to pray for America to remain free and ready to stand for what is right and fight if need be, to keep our freedom. To do anything less would be disrespect for those who have gone before us.