Happy Fourth & God Bless The USA Printable

Posted on Jun 29 2013 - 7:00am by Markell

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. 

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10 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Rosey June 30, 2013 at 3:14 am - Reply

    I'm visiting from Freedom Fridays. This is a nice post. And we are very, very lucky. I think of it all of the time.

    Hope you're enjoying your weekend!!

  2. Valerie June 30, 2013 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Visiting from the Ordinary Housewife hop. What a lovely, thoughtful post! Love the classic 4th of July joke too.

  3. A Little Claireification June 30, 2013 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Love this!!
    Thanks so much for linking up to our "Best Of The Weekend" party! I have also pinned this to our BOTW party board and to another big board of mine!
    Have a great rest of your weekend and we hope to see you back at the party next week. 🙂
    xoxo

  4. Vonnie July 2, 2013 at 7:43 am - Reply

    Thanks for the smile on the 4th of July joke! I really did not realize about all the different dates. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Crafting.in.the.Rain July 2, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Love the bright colors!

  6. Kathy Penney July 5, 2013 at 6:08 am - Reply

    Really nice printable! And I love the history in this post as I'm a history buff too! My husband and I joke "Is there a Fourth of July in Britain?" because he's from there. Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty last week. Sorry for being a little late visiting after being on vacation. Hope you come back soon!

    • amouseinmykitchen July 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      I love history. I'm not sure what it is that I like about it, but I love learning about the past. Thanks for stopping by! I'll for sure be back to your link party.

  7. DeAnna July 5, 2013 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Wonderful post. Love the printable, I pinned it, too. And thanks for remembering the service members.

    • amouseinmykitchen July 5, 2013 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      I'm glad you liked it! I really do love this country (if you couldn't tell). Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Natasha in Oz July 6, 2013 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing at the Say G'day Saturday Linky party. We have Australia Day here which is a bit contentious because it marks the anniversary of when the Brits arrived here. Many Australians call it Invasion Day because it also marks the day that the indigenous Aboriginal Australians were colonized.

    I love America too and am very jealous you love in such a wonderful country!

    This week's link up has started so please drop by when you have a minute and say g'day!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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