On July 2, 1776, The Continental Congress voted and declared that the thirteen original American colonies were no longer subject or subordinate to the Monarch of Britain and were now considered united, free, independent states. This group of individuals wanted to be free of monarchy, with the freedom to exercise their own beliefs, their own thoughts, develop a free standing government (the Constitution), creating a truly free country for all to enjoy with a few basic tenants such as; Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. With this ideation, the Declaration of Independence was signed and declared into existence; July 4, 1776.

Once a day, every year, we are reminded of our independence with a national patriotic display of those freedoms for our beloved United States of America. The sacrifices, the blood, the sweat, the tears, the wars, the tragedies, and the conflicts of what it has taken to make this nation we love, so great. A day we praise our nation’s heritage, legacy, laws, history, society, traditions and it’s people. Not only the people fortunate enough to be born on US soil, but immigrants that have moved from all over the world, creating a better life for their children and giving them opportunity to exercise these tenants that their countries didn’t administer. The flight of the almighty RED, WHITE, and BLUE for the American Flag is displayed in clothing, streamers, flags, and balloons; on display for all to see everywhere you go. A day of honor and recognition of how proud this nation really is.

During the day: Swimming pools, camping, picnics, baseball games, fairgrounds, town squares, music, parades, food, family, friends and laughter. These elements are everything that make this holiday so great. Cultures and people coming together to share family time that is much needed away from the daily 9-5 grind.

During the night: the sweet smell of gunpowder, sulfur, charcoal, and nitrate reminds us what time of year it is. The laughter, the oooohs and ahhhs you hear when the fire touches the gunpowder and the various chemicals like iron oxide for red, cooper sulfate for blue, and magnesium for white, light up the sky with the most beautiful colors this nation has ever seen, simply called, Fireworks.

The freedoms we share are often taken for granted, but today is a firm reminder of those freedoms and how fortunate we are to have the ability to live out those basic tenants set by our forefathers such as: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, our unalienable rights, and how amazing this nation truly is. So take the time to reflect and make sure to share information about why this day is so important as a US holiday and let’s never forget what our American Flag stands for and the sacrifice it took to give you all one simple thing we must never take for granted: FREEDOM

Have an amazing 4th of July everyone, be safe and remember to only light fire works in safe designated areas. Drink responsibly and Don’t Drink and Drive.

  • Shawn Fowler, FIVE365