As July 4th approaches not only are we getting our tummies ready for some amazing barbecue, we’re reflecting and refreshing our minds with what July 4th is all about. I watched a youtube video about a guy on a beach asking person after person why we celebrate July 4th and it was ridiculous to hear these people’s answers. Most didn’t have a clue what July 4th stood for at all, making up silly answers like “it’s to celebrate our independence from China”. People! Come on!
As a quick refresher course: America rebelled against the rule of Great Britain in the American Revolution from 1775 until 1783. Why did they rebel? Because new laws and taxes were being put on the colonies without the colonies having any say, and they wanted a say. On July 2nd 1776, the Continental Congress voted to become independent from Great Britain. Two days later the delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, that would allow for a democratic government voted for by the people. July 4th became a national holiday (when it actually should have been July 2nd) in 1941.
On July 3rd John Adams wrote to his wife and stated “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
Are we good? You already knew all that right? Yeah, me too.
On this July 4th, let us remember the many good men that fought for our independence so that we could live in this country with freedom. Let’s be with our families, eat good food and be thankful. Let’s also make lasting memories with “shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”
I’ve compiled a list of healthy foods and fun crafts your whole family will enjoy on this July 4th. Happy Independence Day!
Have something to add to the list? Please link it up in the comments!