This year has been a challenge for many of us, and July 4th is a reminder that our forefathers were standing together as one people to achieve the almost impossible – to become independent of the British Empire – likely one of the most powerful enemies to have at its time. Many sacrifices needed to be made for this freedom, and Thomas Jefferson summarized the values and ideas in the Declaration of Independence that were important to the colonists in the eighteenth century, and are important to all of us today.
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 among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
It was on July 4th, 1776 that the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, even though independence was already formally declared on July 2nd, 1776, when Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution submitted by delegates Richard Henry Lee of Virginia Richard and John Adams.
That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.The Resolution for Independence, July 2, 1776
The celebrating of the 4th of July means more than celebrating the birth of American independence as the Declaration of Independence also promised Americans three rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This declaration granted the colonists basic freedoms that the government could not take away for the first time in history: It marks the beginning of the United States of America.
We are wishing you and your families a very happy 4th of July 2020!
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