Independence Day and How the Tradition Started

The 4th of July is a pretty wild day across America, and rightfully so; we are a proud country that has come a long way on the world stage since the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the winning of hard fought freedom. We are truly blessed that our forefathers had such a clear and lofty vision for our country, and even more blessed that we had strong leaders and brave men and women that were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to keep the USA free and proud. We all know that the 4th of July celebrates the birth of our nation, but few people know where the roots of all the pomp and circumstance that surrounds it comes from.

A lot of people think that fireworks represent the “bombs bursting in air” part of the Star Spangled Banner, but that is hardly the case. There was some significance to the number of fireworks themselves in the early years of the country, as each fireworks display was started and ended by 13 bursts of fireworks; that was one rocket to represent each state at the time (that may be how the awesome fireworks grand finale came about as we climbed in numbers to 50 states). The conclusions of the first several 4th of July celebrations were actually done with the ringing of bells; most likely in symbolic reference to the Freedom Bell. Oddly enough, there was no massive celebration on the 4th of July in 1776, and the first official 4th of July holiday was celebrated one year later.

4th of JulyIt is no secret that our founding fathers very much meant the 4th to be a great day of celebrations across the land. Here is what John Adams wrote in a famous letter to his wife: “The occasion should be commemorated with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever more.” It should be noted that there is no place in that statement that mentions picnics, hot dogs, beer and trips to the beach; but they have become a fun part of the holiday, so I am sure if our founding fathers were alive they would smile and nod with approval.

So, party on America; it’s your day and you have earned it. As I travel around the world and miss what we have back home, it makes me appreciate what I am lucky to have been born into more and more. Enjoy the day and have fun, but also don’t forget to take a few minutes out of your busy day to say a prayer of thanks for all those brave souls who sacrificed and made this country what it is today. Also, take time to pray for and thank our Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Navy personnel who are still doing this today. We are not a perfect country by any means, but there is more than enough reason there for us to be a very proud one. Happy 4th of July!!

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Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Craig has been writing for several years but just recently made freelance writing a full time profession after leaving behind 26 years working in the swimming pool construction industry. He served four years in the US Air Force as an Imagery Interpreter Specialist in Okinawa, Japan and at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. As a staunch supporter of law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians, firemen, search and rescue personnel and those who serve in the military, Craig is proud to contribute to the US Patriot blog on their behalf.
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