As we prepare for our Fourth of July festivities, it is important that we remember the birth of this great country and that the freedom it represents was not gained easily. The American Revolution was war fought by 13 colonies against the largest military power in world. It was the determination of our forefathers that brought us our freedom. Without their need for freedom and the rights of the people we may not have the liberties we have today.

On July 2, 1776, each representative from the 13 colonies voted for independence from Great Britain. On that day John Adams wrote to his wife stating, “this day will be celebrated by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary.” Two days later on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed and adopted making the fourth the birthday of America. The need to celebrate the Fourth of July became even greater after the War of 1812, which the U.S. fought Great Britain in as well. In 1870 the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday.

Today we celebrate with festivities including fireworks, cookouts and parties. Symbols of our freedom are displayed in the American flag and the song “The Star Spangled Banner” accompanied by great fireworks to remind us all of the battles that were won for our freedom. It is important to remember why we celebrate. This country offers freedoms that most of the world does not have. It is easy to feel like this country has a lot of problems that are never solved and always growing. However, there is certainty that American citizens are guaranteed with that others are not so lucky to have.

“All men are created equal, they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” As Americans we have this to celebrate. No country is perfect, but in the United States of America you are always guaranteed your freedom.