ON JULY 4, 1776, DECLARING INDEPENDENCE FROM THE GREAT BRITAIN
The 4th of July was the day America drafted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It is a day recognized as the day that America freed herself from the tyranny of the British Empire. This day had such an impact on the Americans of 1776 that even today, after 200 years, we still celebrate it with a well done barbe-que and some exaggerated fireworks.
It is the one of the times of the year where families come together and celebrate the freedom of the United States of America. Americans are prideful people and very reserved on any normal day, but the 4th of July is the day where every business is closed, pride bursts, people come out to celebrate, and just about anybody gathers to have fun on the day of Independence. Some are so excited to celebrate the 4th of July that they even start days early.
Independence Day is a day when America was freed from the binds of the British King and Parliament, and the coming together of Family when we celebrate it. But what else happened on this day? Or what followed behind this day that caused it to be such a turnabout for Americans and their pride of Freedom and Liberty for all? What is the history behind that 4th of July that gives it its ultimate shine? Well, after July 4th came the American Revolution.
Paul Revere galloped to tell the Americans that “the redcoats are coming!” America geared up for battle against the British invasion. Not only did men gear up arms but also did the women. Women and Men fought side by side to take down the British advance. Yet many things happened before, during and after the American Revolution that really stunned the world.
Before the War was the draft of the Declaration of Independence, which held a long list of things the Americans though was wrong with the British rule. The Seven years’ war had just finished and the British were taxing the Americans because of the huge debt the English got after the war. They taxed tea and other British goods with the Stamp Act, and afterwards, the Intolerable Acts. Ultimately the Intolerable Acts and the Stamp act, as well as any other tax placed on any other British goods shipped to the Americas cause enough distress to call on a conference of all the states’ representatives. Which cause the drafting of the Declaration of Independence which was signed by the 56 representatives of the 13 colonial states on July 4th, 1776. During the war was two of the most basic and obvious outcomes; our very first, new and improved American Flag (which represented the thirteen colonies by having the 13 white starts in an untied circle). And after the war we had our first “constitution” made; the Article of Confederation. After ten years, though, it was taken down after Shay’s rebellion and replaced by what we know today as The Constitution.
But those are just fact and history to look upon that make this very day much more significant than it already is.
On the 4th of July, the middle of the summer dream, you have family and friends come together like one would in most other holidays. But to my family and most Americans today? Well the 4th of July has a kind of embedded fun into it that just makes everyone happy. There are laws that allow, otherwise illegal, types of fireworks to be displayed. Of course, as long as you don’t point it at someone and think it’s hilarious. It also means that you are celebrating the fact that you are free to do as you want in America. For people who come from immigrant families, or are immigrants themselves, it means something. The American Dream has always been seductive to anyone who wants more business or another chance.
Independence Day celebrates those long years of battle against all odds of becoming a united and free nation. And that’s pretty significant.