Why We Celebrate The 4th Of July

The colonies had been in conflict with England for over a year in June of 1776. A Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia on June 7 of that year. Richard Henry Lee from Virginia offered up a resolution with these now famous words:

“Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

Lee’s words spurred the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. A committee of five was appointed to draft a statement making the case for the colonies, a statement to the world of the intent and the reason behind that intent.

Members of the Committee were John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Robert R. Livingston of New York and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. Jefferson took on the task of actually drafting the document as we know it today.

The Continental Congress reconvened on July 1, 1776, and on the following day, the resolution for independence by Lee was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies, with  New York not voting. Minor changes were made to the Jefferson document.

Work on the document continued through July 3 and into the afternoon of July 4, when the Declaration was officially adopted by the Congress. Of the 13 colonies, nine voted in favor of the Declaration, two — Pennsylvania and South Carolina — voted No, Delaware was undecided and New York again abstained.

As we all know, John Hancock, President of the Congress made his signature large enough for King George to read “without his spectacles.”

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. – Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The complete list of those who signed were:

John Hancock (president of the Continental Congress), Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry, Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott, William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris, Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark, Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross, Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean, Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton, William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn, Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and George Walton.

Those are the facts about our Declaration of Independence, the history that we as school children have learned since the creation of this great nation that we celebrate, that we love and honor so.

Usually we humans can’t adequately find words to express our own sentiments, let alone those of a nation and successive generations to come, but Jefferson and that Continental Congress did just that.

The words have stood throughout several centuries as a clarion call for freedom, for breaking free of tyranny, for men to put aside their individual causes and join together to battle for the right of every man, woman and child together to become a people united in goal and resolve.

Today as we celebrate, today as we pledge allegiance to a flag that has gone from 13 stars to 50, may we remember not only the sacrifice, but the resolve. May we honor not only the words, but the unity and deeds of our forefathers. May each of us dig deep into our hearts and work out our differences for the betterment of our nation and our children and grandchildren.

Say a prayer for America today. Rekindle hope today. Honor the past by determining the future.

Please remember that this is a post in honor of our Independence Day. No political content, no rants, so slamming the other side. Today we are just Americans, honoring our country and each other.

Thanks to asawasa for posting this on another thread. I wanted to add it here.

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88 Responses to Why We Celebrate The 4th Of July

  1. Sentient says:

    Happy Birthday!

    Liked by 25 people

  2. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Galatians 5:1 “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

    Second Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

    John 8:32 “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

    Happy 4th of July , Dear Sundance and Dear Treepers!

    Happy Birthday, Dear America!!

    Thank You, Dear President Trump!!!

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  3. Grandma Covfefe says:

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  4. David says:

    Happy Birthday America. I am Israeli and I attach here a song in Hebrew that I must explain before you listen. The writer is a classic Israeli poet who was born in Ukraine and immigrated to Israel. His poems are learned in schools and his language is way above spoken Hebrew. His name is Shaul Tchernichovski. He wrote this poem at the age of 17 and it is an amazing representation of the power and freedom of the human spirit against all odds. Very appropriate to the accomplishments of the great American Dream. Enjoy.

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  5. rebel53blog says:

    HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, AMERICA
    GOD BLESS

    Liked by 18 people

  6. Bailey02 says:

    Make America Great Again.

    Liked by 15 people

  7. David says:

    I forgot to mention the poem is from 1982

    Liked by 10 people

  8. David says:

    Sorry I mean 1892

    Liked by 16 people

  9. R-C says:

    I absolutely LOVE that document, our Declaration of Independence. I read it every Independence Day.

    Liked by 18 people

  10. Beautiful SD. Thank you for all your hard work to keep this country great. You teaching us and we teaching others makes a difference. The domino effect starts with the first domino. SD, YOU ARE OUR FIRST DOMINO.

    SUNDANCE DIDN’T WRITE THIS POST. CHECK FOR AUTHORSHIP BEFORE MAKING ASSUMPTIONS.

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  11. Grandma Covfefe says:

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  12. roxiellTX says:

    An interesting occurrence:

    Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826 – the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

    Back on July 4, 1831, James Monroe, the fifth President, died at the age of 73

    https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/three-presidents-die-on-july-4th-just-a-coincidence

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    • Blade says:

      It has long been a mysterious thing as to whether our key founders intended to slip the surly bonds of earth on the anniversary of our independence. Amazingly our 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Presidents ( almost ) all did exactly that!

      John Adams passed away July 4, 1826.
      Thomas Jefferson passed away July 4, 1826 ( hours earlier ).
      Five years later to the day James Monroe passed away July 4, 1831.
      Five years later almost to the day James Madison passed away on June 28, 1836.

      Hasn’t happened since ( probably because God has found none worthy ), but the 30th President, Calvin Coolidge was born on the July 4th 1872.

      I personally believe these founding patriots were in fact struggling to survive until July 4th in those years they felt themselves slipping away. Whether they did anything to ensure that day was their last remains open to wild speculation. I choose to believe God called them home personally ( after all, he surely intervened at several points in the long Revolutionary War and most definitely in 1814 when he sent both a hurricane and a tornado into “downtown” Washington D.C. to dowse the massive fires consuming the White House and vicinity set by the limey redcoat scum and to decimate their troops as they tried to depart on the march to Baltimore. I dare say that God intentionally delayed word of the truce from being delivered to Andrew Jackson en route to New Orleans allowing him time to deliver an almighty ass-kicking to the Brits and to win the War after it had been officially called off. )

      This is God’s country.

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    • ladypenquin says:

      In my faith we have a saying, “there are no coincidences, just Divine appointments.”

      Nothing logical or scientific explains what statistically would be considered an extraordinary improbability.

      From Daniel Webster’s eulogy for Adams and Jefferson:
      “As their lives themselves were the gifts of Providence, who is not willing to recognize in their happy termination, as well as in their long continuance, proofs that our country and its benefactors are objects of His care?”

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  13. Beverly says:

    In 1938, as the Second World War was looming, Kate Smith introduced “God Bless America” to the nation.

    Liked by 27 people

  14. CiscoKid says:

    241 years of Independence.
    God bless our President, Donald J. Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence and their families.
    May God continue to bless the sweetest words among the nations of the world…
    THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
    And also to you, my fellow treepers, God bless, each and everyone.

    Liked by 22 people

  15. lfhbrave says:

    The very first July 4th of America Storming Back.

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  16. Thank you Sundance.

    I am an immigrant. I love this country. Every blade of grass that grows within it. I feel it has my DNA.

    Happy Birthday USA.

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  17. The Devilbat says:

    FREEDOM IS PRECIOUS

    Liked by 14 people

  18. roxiellTX says:

    Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance

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  19. wolfmoon1776 says:

    “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

    AMEN!

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  20. Blade says:

    Sundance, one minor detail. That header picture: declaration.jpg should be renamed to constitution.jpg. Wikipedia has some nice replacement images here:

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  21. Happy 4th of July!

    May we be worthy of the sacrifices of our ancestors.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Amen!

      A happy Independence Day to all my fellow Treepers, who helped make this day truly free! 😎

      And with that, Suspicious Wolf turns over his post at the watchtower to his fellow Wolverines, and gets some needed rest, before returning later in the Blessed Day – knowing that eternal vigilance will forever be the price of our freedom, and must be shared, if we should remain free.

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  22. usnveteran says:

    Just a quick ‘FYI’ ~

    To watch many celebrations and activities around the country (and the world) … check this out:

    EarthCam Network:
    http://www.earthcam.com/network/

    Of course there are also many webcam locations around the beaches (except New Jersey the past few days) and cities these days.

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  23. “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

    We were in the middle of the fight this statement talks about last Independence Day and might I say, well done fellow Patriots! After a long train of usurpations and abuses we have peacefully provided new guards for our future security (Trump and crew). So today wave that flag high, and eat an extra slice of pie… you deserve it!

    #GodBlessAmerica #ProudAmerican 😀

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  24. MOA says:

    And never forget….. on Independence Day……
    Guns made America free.

    And don’t the marxist media and bureaucracy hate that fact.

    Liked by 8 people

  25. trumpforthewin says:

    God Bless America, and a Happy 4th of July to all Americans!

    Liked by 8 people

  26. usnveteran says:

    July 2, 2017
    By Michael Snyder
    ‘Just Like Our Founders 241 Years Ago, We Need To Unashamedly Declare That Our Rights Come To Us From God’:

    “Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, America always affirmed that liberty comes from our Creator. Our rights are given to us by God, and no earthly force can ever take those rights away. That is why my administration is transferring power out of Washington and returning that power back where it belongs to the people,” … Trump said.’ …

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/just-like-our-founders-241-years-ago-we-need-to-unashamedly-declare-that-our-rights-come-to-us-from-god

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  27. McGuffin says:

    There is a First-edition copy of the Declaration of Independence display at the Dallas Public Library, for all you DFW treepers. It’s free too. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/news/2011/07/02/first-edition-copy-of-the-declaration-of-independence-is-one-of-dallas-undiscovered-treasures

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  28. David says:

    I am Israeli. Happy Birthday America and Americans. Happy 4th July. On another note I attached here two videos. One is Israel’s elite dignitary protection unit. Each man is a proven warrior on the battlefield. The second video is showing the visit of Trump to Israel from the protection unit’s point of view.

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  29. dogsmaw says:

    [video src="https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t50.2886-16/13610150_996027127181069_650418218_n.mp4" /]

    Like

  30. Dora says:

    Happy Independence Day America!

    Liked by 14 people

  31. teaforall says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA GOD BLESS ONE AND ALL

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  32. Di says:

    This is why I love you mob!

    Happy Birthday 🙂

    Liked by 8 people

  33. Dora says:

    This sounds strange, but these are strange days we are living through.

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    What can’t you take to Arlington National Cemetery on July 4? An American flag.

    Many Americans gathering to celebrate Independence Day will mark the holiday at Arlington National Cemetery. But for visitors feeling patriotic, there is one item that is banned on the hallowed grounds: a waving American flag.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/what-cant-you-take-to-arlington-national-cemetery-on-july-4-an-american-flag/2017/07/03/b3a1241c-5fae-11e7-a4f7-af34fc1d9d39_story.html?utm_term=.d5b8c60406be

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    What part of this last paragraph wasn’t clear?

    Please remember that this is a post in honor of our Independence Day. No political content, no rants, so slamming the other side. Today we are just Americans, honoring our country and each other.

    Admin

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