The 4th of July, 1776 is perhaps the most important day in American history. The day we declared our freedom from England. Of course it didn’t come to an end for 8 years but then good things come to those who wait. In 1783 the waiting was over (the war actually started in 1775).
Over the years the 4th of July has become a collage of fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches designed to help us know what we need to do to be great again.
Well, maybe remembering where we come from, what we have accomplished, and how we turned a few colonies into a nation would help. Back in the time when our heroes were real people and our actions spoke louder than some politicians blowing hot air. No, we haven’t always been right, but then who has? We have been the best we could be, and considering all, that’s been pretty good.
Oddly, it was the French government who helped us win our freedom, mainly to get back at the English. Still had it not been for them we probably would not have won. Then the people of France took our example and overthrew their government to win freedom for themselves. That really didn’t work out so well. Then in 1875 the French began building a statue for us, the Statue of Liberty, which wasn’t dedicated until 1886.
How to celebrate: Enjoy some fireworks but remember why we do them. Give a vet a sincere thank you. Have an old time picnic with the family.