Friday, July 4, 2014

Christmas in July Day 4: Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day everyone.  For many, celebrating the 4th of July means a pancake breakfast, hanging out at the park with friends and family, camping, boating trips, hamburgers, hotdogs and fireworks. Some aren't that lucky and have to work through the celebration. However, you are spending your day, I encourage you to stop and think about why you are able to enjoy the freedom you have today to do these things. Thank those around you who have served to provide that freedom. Stop and ponder about your ancestors who fought and sacrificed. Think about our forefathers and the courageous men they were for standing as patriots. 

The Preamble: "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."

The History Channel has a great page on Independence Day, that includes several short videos telling the stories behind Independence Day. This short "Bet you Didn't Know Video", is full of quick, fun facts.

If you are a big history nerd like me, you can even own your own copy of the Declaration of Independence on Parchment Paper. Here's a link to purchase one on Ebay, but shop around. They come in all sizes and quality. 

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