A History of the Celebration
The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They’d been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes. July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August. It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.
Thoughts for Reflection
Celebration of the Fourth of July holiday is a special one each year. We enjoy gathering with family and friends, while enjoying the summer season outdoors. Cookouts in the backyard, around the pool with friends and family. As the sun sets, we enjoy elaborate fireworks shows that can be truly majestic. This holiday most embodies the summer season. As Americans, we should be mindful of our history and heritage surrounding the holiday. Take a few minutes to reflect on the birth of our nation. Visionaries with the will to overcome gave us the freedoms that we enjoy today. Each of us possess those qualities and vision. Celebrate being an American and the freedom that invokes.
Wishing you a safe and happy Fourth of July!