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Our parades, BBQs and fireworks are fond memories.  Now, let’s take a moment and remember the WHY behind our celebrations on the 4th of July. 

The American Revolution began in April 1775, after years of ever-increasing demands and limitations on the American Colonists by King George.  On June 7, 1776, a member of the Continental Congress, Richard Henry Lee, introduced a resolution “that these united colonies are and of right ought to be free and independent states.” For the next 3 weeks, Thomas Jefferson took this resolution and further crafted it into what become known as the “Declaration of Independence,” which announced a complete break with Britain and expressed the ideals on which the United States was founded: “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.”
 
On July 2, 1776, the 13 Colonies and the Continental Congress decided “enough was enough” and declared their independence from Britain.  Two days later, on July 4, 1776, it ratified the text of the Declaration, By July 9, the action of Congress had been officially approved by all 13 colonies.  The “Declaration of Independence” was delivered to King George in November 1776.

So why do we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th?  There is one line of text along the bottom edge on the back of the Declaration. It reads, "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776," This docket (identifying label) was visible when the document was rolled up for storage.

Remember, that unlike any other nation, America was founded on a promise that, no matter who you are or where you’re from, you will have the opportunity to pursue your dreams – your happiness – free from government oppression. It was a promise no other nation had ever made.

Let freedom ring!

Copyright © 2018 State Representative Bob Rommel, All rights reserved.


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