The Fourth of July is a very special day for America. But why is it such a special day? Many of us have forgotten why the Fourth of July is so special. In fact, many Americans do not even know what the Fourth of July really is. Our definition of the event is a time for us to party, watch a parade, light fireworks, and drink beer. This has nothing to do with what the Fourth of July is really about, however.
When the War for Independence had reached the second year, Congress decided to send the colonies’ Declaration of Independence to King George III. They chose a delegate from Virginia named Thomas Jefferson to write the document. It took Jefferson days to complete the rough draft. When he was done, the members of Congress almost completely changed it. On the Second of July, Congress declared independence from Great Britain. The final draft of the Declaration of Independence was completed and passed on July Fourth. On July 9th, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud by General George Washington to all of his troops. The reading of the document spurred the hope of the soldiers of the Continental Army because they now knew, more than ever, that they were fighting for a cause that was good, and that hundreds of other people were backing them. Six years later, on September 3, 1783, the Americans won the American Revolutionary War.
On July 3, 1776, John Adams declared: “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch 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 shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.”
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That is some amazing history that we did not even know about! Why do we not know about this? The answer to this question is simple: we have neglected our duties to learn about our history. We have also allowed our school systems to stop teaching this information to us–not just about this issue but also many other things. Things such as the God-given rights that, slowly but surely, our own government is taking away from us. We as Americans need to start learning about America’s past and the rights that are being stripped from us. One very good way to learn more about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and our rights is to sign up for and take the Institute on the Constitution course and learn about our history.
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