It is time to fly your American flag out front and go to the local firework stand to pick up your favorite firecrackers because the Fourth of July is almost here! Before you start to frantically prepare for the festivities, let’s take some time to reflect on this momentous day.
Most Americans know that the Fourth of July represents the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. The legal day of separation 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 rule, but Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, approving it on July 4.
An interesting fact is that three of the founding fathers passed away on July 4. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson passed away on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration, and James Monroe died on July 4, 1831. Calvin Coolidge, the 39th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and to this day is the only U.S. President to have been born on Independence Day.
As you celebrate through fireworks, parades, cook-outs and being with family, take time to reflect on this great country.
In the words of John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”
Happy Fourth from DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen.