We the People… Celebrating the 4th of July
Fourth of July is usually a time for parades, beach parties, hot dogs and fireworks! While the fireworks may still be displayed, this year’s 4th comes at a time of struggle – both with the pandemic and protests.
Let’s pause to remember the holiday’s origin and reflect on the importance of liberty and justice for all.
The Fourth of July marks the birth of our country. The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. Thirteen colonies proclaimed they were no longer part of the British Empire. A new nation, the United States of America, sprang to life. The king’s coat of arms was taken down. People cheered. Cannons boomed. Bells rang out.
Later the Constitution and its amendments were drafted and adopted. Liberty is what makes our country special. This freedom has inspired people from all over the world to come to the U.S. and become citizens. We the People are proud to be Americans and grateful for the opportunities this country has provided us.
Let’s take some time this 4th of July to consider how each of us can help ensure that ALL of us in America can live with liberty and justice, and have our country exemplify its greatness.
Let us celebrate the 4th of July together.