By Madeleine McAulay
Independence Day is more than just a day Picnics, Fireworks, and a day off from work. It is about America’s Freedom and Independence. Yes, we all wear our Red, White, and Blue and we fly our American Flag’s proudly, but what about the true meaning of Independence Day, have we all forgotten?
On July 2, 1776 the Second Continental Congress discussed and debated a new proposal, The Declaration of Independence. The President of the Second Continental Congress, John Hancock, was the first among the fifty-six to sign this new profession. And on July 4, 1776 The Declaration of Independence was formally adopted. And it was official; America was finally its own, Independent Country. The American citizens could not have been more joyful.
For the longest time, when The Declaration of Independence was publically read, citizens would throw huge celebrations. And just that next year, in Philadelphia, guns were fired, bells were ringing and firecrackers were going off. It was a huge festivity for America’s new found Independence and Freedom from the British.
Even though The Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776, the War of Independence continued. But in 1783, the war had ended, the mission had been accomplished, and Independence had finally been grasped. In 1941 Congress officially declared Independence Day as a National Holiday.
Even now, we still celebrate Independence Day, and as we celebrate it this year let us not forget the great significance and the true meaning of this holiday. Let us never forget how blessed we are as Americans, and let this Holiday be a reminder of the great blessings God has bestowed onto America. And lastly, let us not forget our Soldiers, past and present, who have, and who are fighting for our Great Country.
Thank you for Reading, and I hope you and your family have a blessed and joyful Independence Day.
May God continue to bless America.