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Why Do We Celebrate the 4th of July

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Why we celebrate July 4th

July 4th is celebrated in the United States as Independence Day because it marks the day when the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776, which declared the 13 American colonies free and independent from British rule.

The Declaration of Independence was written primarily by Thomas Jefferson and was signed by representatives from all 13 colonies. It was a pivotal moment in American history and marked the beginning of a long and difficult struggle for independence.

The document outlined the grievances of the American colonists against British rule, including the imposition of taxes without representation, the quartering of troops in private homes, and the denial of basic rights and freedoms. It also asserted that all men are created equal and are entitled to certain inalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The signing of the Declaration of Independence was a critical step in the American Revolution and set the stage for the formation of a new nation. It is celebrated every year on July 4th as a reminder of the country’s hard-won freedom and the enduring principles of democracy and self-government that were established by the Founding Fathers.

The idea of celebrating Independence Day dates back to the first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 1777. The celebration included parades, fireworks, and public readings of the Declaration. However, it wasn’t until 1870 that July 4th was declared a federal holiday, giving all workers a day off to celebrate.

Over the years, the 4th of July has become a significant holiday in American culture, marked by fireworks, parades, barbecues, and family gatherings. The festivities typically include patriotic displays, such as the waving of the American flag, and the singing of patriotic songs like “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The 4th of July has also been a time for political speeches and events, including the famous speech by President Calvin Coolidge in 1926, in which he spoke about the importance of preserving the principles of the Declaration of Independence.

In recent years, the holiday has also been marked by controversy, with some arguing that the celebration overlooks the country’s troubled history of slavery, racism, and discrimination. Nevertheless, the 4th of July remains an important holiday for many Americans, representing a celebration of freedom and independence.

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About the Author: Yvonne Wonder

As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, a national hotel and event babysitting service, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. I personally needed babysitting when I moved to San Diego 14 years ago. Like most parents, I assumed there were standards for temporary babysitting; in reality, there are no state standards or licensing requirements for temporary babysitting. The idea for Destination Sitters was born! I wanted to Give Parents Peace of Mind® when traveling with their children, so I created strict screening requirements for the sitters we refer. There is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children, especially when traveling away from home. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do. Through the years of working with children, I have been inspired to write three books, and this blog for parents’ and children’s wellbeing. I believe the best way to teach a child is leading by example, with love, honesty, integrity, compassion, perseverance, and personal responsibility. Learning these values and teaching children that all women and men are equal will encourage them to dream big to be anything they want to be! An entrepreneur for over 35 years, I previously spent years running a construction and design company with two offices in California and built million-dollar estates and remodeled existing ones. For three and half years, I was one of the primary designers on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I have also been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and have been a featured designer in multiple showcase houses.

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