Why We Celebrate Independence Day When We Do

Richard Henry Lee, a delegate from Virginia proposed a three-step process of declaring independence and creating a confederation of States on June 7, 1776. By July 2, the Lee Resolution was brought to the Continental Congress, which established:

  1. Resolved, 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.
  2. That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances.
  3. That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.

It was debated, voted on, and ratified into law.

Our States’ independence from Great Britain was not an act by a bunch of White, elite, rich men. It was a legally binding congressional act:

“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare…”

The following day, John Adams wrote his wife Abigail:

“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.”

The Declaration of Independence was published and publicly read on July 4, 1776, proclaiming what had taken place only two days before. It is because the date ‘July 4’ was on the handwritten document that we came to associate the date with our State’s independence.

It wasn’t until 1870 that Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.

Because ‘Nationalism’ has long been considered a ‘dirty’ word, we are in very real danger of having our history either totally rewritten or completely denied.

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One thought on “Why We Celebrate Independence Day When We Do

  1. Anyone who may question that God’s hand was not with the men who wrote and signed the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution need to read and study these documents and these men far more than they have. It’s why our currency contains the words, “In God We Trust,” and the reason Presidential speeches typically end with “God bless America.”

    We need, desperately, to return to the Almighty. Many question why everything seems to be going wrong, why the world seems to be turning upside down. The reasons are contained within God’s Word; The Bible. Climate change has nothing to do with mankind. The fires, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and so forth are not because of climate change. The evil we see around us is not caused by guns. God is telling us he’s not happy with what is happening in this country or around the world.

    It’s time to get on your knees and beg forgiveness. We kill babies and called it “choice.” We allow murderers to live and call it compassion. We pretend that adultery, homosexuality and transgenderism are “normal” behaviors and ignore the fact that they are all violations of God’s law. God is “slow to anger” and “quick to forgive,” but His anger is being expressed and it’s time to realize that. I beg that God will forgive us and once again bless these United States.

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