Here in America we have a lot of different holidays. There’s New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and of course, the 4th of July! How exactly did the 4th of July become a holiday, and why do we celebrate it? Well, if you haven’t fully covered it in history yet, I’m here to give you a quick lesson about the 4th of July.
The 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, started in 1776 when America agreed upon and signed the Declaration of Independence. This was a major event for America, as it finally set us free from the then tyrannical rule of Great Britain over us. After all of our revolutions and fights against Great Britain, we had finally won and were free.
The Declaration took a while to write, as many drafts were put into place before the final one was actually adopted. Thomas Jefferson ended up writing out the Declaration, which took over a month to be completed. In the end though, it was his famous words “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” that finally won us our independence.
So why do we celebrate the 4th of July these hundreds of years later? It’s a celebration of everything that we had gone through to become the nation that we are today. It is a celebration of our independence. So go ahead, buy some fireworks and light up the sky with them. We earned our independence all those years ago, and the 4th of July is the day we get to celebrate that.
TXTgirl :: Orange County, CA
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