I have a quick question for you. Do other countries have a fourth of July? Like other countries besides USA? I mean.. we’re the only country that gained independence that day, right? So therefore, we are the only country with a fourth of July, right?
My niece said that to me once. She couldn’t stop laughing. She wanted me to say, “right, we’re the only country with a fourth of July.” Which would have been immediately followed by “NOPE! Every country has a fourth of July! It comes right after the third!”
Oh, I love kids.
No really, I do. And, I love the Fourth of July. Or Independence Day. Or whatever you wanna call it.
I also love history. I really liked reading this article by the History New Network about the Fourth of July. I hope you like history, too, because I’m going to give you a quick lesson.
So the first “fourth of July was actually celebrated on the eighth, and the ninth, and August 10th. It was a celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which was actually signed on the second, not the fourth. Philadelphia celebrated on the eighth with a big parade and firing of guns. George Washington’s army heard the news the next day, on the ninth, and they celebrated the news. Georgia didn’t hear clear until the 10th of August (I guess the internet was really slow back then, right?) Britain didn’t find out about it until August 30th.
So if the declaration was signed on the second, why aren’t we saying “Happy Second Of July?” My guess is that it doesn’t sound as good.
No, really there is a big long story about it, but I don’t really want to get into it. The point is that we celebrate the Fourth of July because it is the day(ish) that America declared itself to be it’s own country. Like a teenager, going off to college. Actually, more like a highschool student, telling his parent’s he doesn’t want to live under his roof if he has to follow his rules. Only in a cooler, more adult way.
Anyway, enough with the history lesson.
I love this country. I love that we have so many freedoms. I love how beautiful it is. I love it’s potential. I love that (despite what the news might tell you) we have GOOD people here. We have people who want to help others. We have people who still care. They might be harder and harder to find, but they are here.
I believe that God made the circumstances just right for this country to be a great one. I believe that we are under His watch. So many amazing things have happened in America that wouldn’t have been possible anywhere else in the world.
I love this country.
I also want to say THANK YOU to everyone who sacrifices for this country. Thank you to the service men. THANK YOU to their wives (or husbands) and family members who support them. Thank you to all the companies that don’t outsource. Thank you to all the people who pay a little extra to buy a “made in America” tag. Thank you to everyone who still believes in this country. Thank you to everyone who cares about it’s well being. Thank you to all the people who are going to go out of their way to help others celebrate this holiday. Thank you to all the other bloggers who did so many awesome posts to get ready for the Fourth of July. Thank you for helping others celebrate. Thank you to all the teachers and parents who are going to take some extra time to teach their children the Pledge of Allegiance and to have pride in this country. Thank you!
I know this is last minute, and most of you probably already have awesome decorations for your house for this holiday (I don’t…) but I felt like there aren’t a whole lot of decorations out there that put God in the center. Because I believe He is the reason America is so awesome. Click the link below the picture to download.Share