Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbeques, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.
This weekend we celebrate the many freedoms we have come to enjoy in this country. We know many in other countries still do not enjoy the freedoms we have. One of those most cherished freedoms is the freedom to practice our faith.
This weekend concludes the “Fortnight for Freedom” which celebrates our God-given right to live our religion and fortifies our efforts to transmit this right to others. Many people have stood up to protect our freedoms over the past 239 years. Many have also given their lives to protect us and our freedom. We thank God for the gift of freedom we enjoy and pray for those who have sacrificed their lives to protect that most cherished gift.