Over 200 years ago, on July 4, 1776, America put the Declaration of Independence into place, declaring complete freedom from Great Britain.
The “Committee of Five” drafted and presented the document to the Continental Congress in June of 1776. After much debate and revision of the wording, Congress approved it on July 4th. Because this was such a monumental day for America, John Adams (a member of the Committee) urged that it be commemorated as the “day of deliverance” and celebrated with “pomp and parade.” We’ve been doing that ever since.
In almost every town, large or small, it’s not difficult to find a fireworks celebration on the 4th. In fact, many colleges and universities now host these events. It’s a great way to celebrate with friends, in addition to barbeques and parades.
Check online for local events and times in your area. But, amidst the burgers, hot dogs, family, and fireworks, take some time to remember why we celebrate — not only for the men and women fighting for our freedom but also because we’re able to live and worship God freely — something many countries are unable to do. It’s a “day of deliverance” indeed!
Stephanie Hughes is a freelance writer and editor living in Nashville, Tenn. Follow her regularly at her blog BeCAUSE of Beauty.