For many of us, the 4th of July Holiday Weekend means an extra day off from work. But what are we really celebrating anyway? Most would probably say they are celebrating the opportunity to get together with family and friends (not for me…most of my family and friends live over 3000 miles away.) Others might say it’s an opportunity to take a vacation (not for me either…still fairly new in my job and don’t have any vacation time built up, plus…well, I can’t talk about that just yet.)
Truthfully, the 4th of July should be about celebrating our nation’s independence from Great Britain. Independence Day, or Fourth of July, is a holiday where Americans remember the very important day when we adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. 235 years ago, this piece of paper was signed to give us our freedom.
Freedom…something to think about during these turbulent times around the world. So while we are sitting around this weekend with our family and friends, watching the parades and fireworks, eating BBQ and enjoying an extra day off from work, let us all remember the real reason why we celebrate this day.
We celebrate our freedom.