Independence Day

Most of us celebrate July 4th with barbecue, picnics, parades and fireworks.  Many families have family reunions around July 4th while others take vacation, heading to the beach.

Independence Day is the birthday celebration of the United States of America.  July 4th is the day when the birthday of the USA is celebrated nationwide and marks the date when the original 13 colonies of the United States declared their independence from Great Britain.

Let’s stop for a minute and think about the history behind this national holiday.  At the time, Great Britain was the most powerful country on earth.  It controlled commerce and government across the globe.  At the time, a famous quote was “the sun never sets on the British Empire”.

Imagine what courage it took for a small number of brave men and women in 13 small isolated colonies to declare that they were independent from the most powerful empire on earth.  With no real army, no real navy, no real central government, this rag tag bunch of brave individuals took control of their own destiny and created a country.  Today as a result of their initial efforts and courage, the United States of America is the greatest nation on earth.

So this year as you attend your local July 4th parade, barbecue or watch the fireworks, remember those brave colonist who took as stand and made it all possible.

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