Independence Day, unfortunately referred to by most as commonly known as the “Fourth of July”, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, where we declared our independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and the tyrannical control of King George.
Interestingly, during the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain was July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain.
Today, during your celebrations and observances, take a moment to remind those around you that “the Fourth of July” is just a date on the calendar. “Independence” is what the day is all about. “Independence” is what our forefathers fought and died for. “Independence” is what our brothers and sisters serving in the Armed Forces are fighting to protect.
Don’t take “independence” out of Independence Day!
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