About 30 years ago my husband and I lived in England for 3 years. One summer we decided to have a July 4th picnic…..to celebrate our independence from the British. We invited all the people that my husband worked with.
As usual, It rained and rained every day preceding the party. (Actually, it probably rained for weeks, but I don’t remember.) We were stressing about the weather (a regular occurrence while we lived there) because a picnic inside is not so much fun.
The morning of the picnic it was cloudy and overcast but, the sun came out just in time. My husband, jokingly said, ‘You see, God IS an American!’ I still laugh at that comment. And, I laugh that we were celebrating our independence with the people we wanted to be independent from.
I have lived for 66 July 4th’s. Fireworks. Picnics. Barbecues. Pool parties. Family get togethers. Red, white, and blue. Parades. Stars and Stripes bathing suits (I have always wanted one but never made the splurge). But, I have really never given much thought to the reason for the celebration. Yes, our independence from England. But what else, and more importantly, why. What exactly does Independence Day mean?
Did you know?
Whew – alot of facts there. I tried to simplify them. It has been a million (at least) years since I was in school. And, if memory serves me correctly, since I moved about 10 times growing up, I skipped all American History and learned the Republics of Africa about 5 times! So, maybe in my defense, I never even learned it at all!
We will be celebrating the 4th at a clubhouse in our neighborhood. They have a great barbecue and some awesome and very LOUD fireworks. I can’t wait. Since the 4th is on a Monday a few of my family members and friends are headed to our house! Time to fire up the Green Egg and cook some Smoked Pork Butt.
In the past we decorated our golf cart and took part in a very fun parade. Our little puppy even got in the action!
What are your plans? Anything fun or are you working like my children? I would love to hear – post in the comments below.
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…. Want to read the rest? – check it out HERE.
And, did you know that, years later, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson disagreed on how and who was to draft the document and what was to be written? Personally, I found that fascinating. Check out – Jefferson and Adams here.
Enjoy your 4th. Stay safe. Let the experts light the fireworks. Remember, sparklers are fire too – they get hot and throw sparks (which can catch things on fire – ask me how I know this!?) Don’t drink and drive – including a boat or jet ski.