The 4th of July weekend is finally upon us. Actually, July 2nd is the real day of Independence, but we celebrate on the 4th because that’s when congress accepted the Declaration of Independence from Thomas Jefferson, who had changed the wording of the document from the “pursuit of property” to the “pursuit of happiness.” Congress eventually declared July 4th as an official holiday in 1870 as part of a bill to officially recognize other holidays, Christmas being one of them.
This weekend is a time for cookouts with family and friends, parades, and fireworks. But with all of the fun and festivities, we also should take some time to remember why we celebrate this important day. Over the years several countries have used the Declaration of Independence as a beacon in their own struggles for freedom. The Declaration of Independence, which was approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 can really be considered our nation’s birth certificate.
That noble experiment that gave birth to the United States of America 239 years ago continues today. Our forefathers could’ve only dreamed that what began as a declaration of their independence, on paper, would turn into the greatest country in the world. I hope that you all have a safe and happy 4th of July with your family and friends. Drive safely on our highways and enjoy all that our wonderful state and great country have to offer.
Happy Birthday America!