Sunday, July 2, 2017

What is and why do we celebrate the 4th of July?

     On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. 

     John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that July 2 “will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival” and that the celebration should include “Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.”

     The tradition of patriotic celebration became even more widespread after the War of 1812, in which the United States again faced Great Britain. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday; in 1941, the provision was expanded to grant a paid holiday to all federal employees.

     Have a safe and fun 4th of July.....GOD BLESS AMERICA, where freedom reigns!



7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the History lesson...smiles. Have a beautiful day friend.

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  2. Thanks for this, God Bless America! Have a blessed Sunday dear friend, HUGS!

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  3. Great reminder of how we come to celebrate the 4th of July! Praying that our country turns back to God, as it was many years ago! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  4. Blessings to you this 4th of July weekend. I love your cheerful and Patriotic background.

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  5. Thanks for the lesson. I didn't remember the part about the 2nd. Interesting!

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  6. God bless America!! Wishing you a good 4th!

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  7. Linda,
    Thank you for this.
    And
    I hope you have a wonderful celebration!

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