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Why do Americans Celebrate Independence Day?

Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4th to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This historic document was a formal statement by the American colonies announcing their separation from Great Britain and their intention to establish a new nation, the United States of America.

The American Revolutionary War had been ongoing for over a year when the Continental Congress, comprised of representatives from the thirteen colonies, declared their independence from British rule. The Declaration of Independence, primarily drafted by Thomas Jefferson, outlined the colonies' grievances against King George III and asserted their inherent rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The adoption of the Declaration of Independence marked a significant moment in American history as it set the stage for the American Revolution and the subsequent formation of a new nation. It symbolized the determination of the American people to govern themselves and to establish a democratic society based on principles of individual rights and freedom.

Independence Day is celebrated with various festivities across the country, including parades, fireworks displays, concerts, picnics, and family gatherings. It serves as a time for Americans to reflect on the values of liberty, patriotism, and the sacrifices made by the founding generation to secure their freedom.

Today we commemorate the revival of democracy, dormant for 1700 years after Julius Caesar's rise to power.

The signatories of the Declaration of Independence, many of the wealthiest families in the colonies, risked their lives and fortunes if they lost the war against one of the greatest global empires of all time. Their brave, unselfish act paved the way for not only the United States but all other countries that have since pursued freedom.

Since then, millions of people around the world have sacrificed their lives in wars against dictatorships.

Freedom is precious and cherished, not something to ever be taken for granted. 

Democracy is fragile and difficult to regain if it's lost.

It's the land of the free because of the brave. 

Mike Shell