It’s the 4th of July and it’s that time to be thankful for all those that were before us that give us our freedoms that perhaps we shouldn’t take for granted.
As everyone probably knows, July 4th is the birthday of the United States of America and the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
On June 11, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to write a document that would officially cut America’s ties with Great Britain. The committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston.
John Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration. Since then, when people are asked for their “John Hancock”, they are being asked to sign their names.
In 1776 when the first Independence Day was celebrated, John Adams, a signer of the document, said “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival… with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward for evermore.”
And he was certainly right! 165 years later, in 1941, Congress declared July 4th a legal public holiday. We are still celebrating this Holiday across the entire nation with fireworks, concerts, parades, great food, and lots of family time.