Do you call it the “Fourth of July”? Do you call it “Independence Day”? Most know some of the history behind this national holiday that we celebrate yearly, but few connect the significance of Independence Day with our modern times.
The 4th of July is America’s Independence Day. It is the day we celebrate the colonists declaring independence from the rule of the British Crown. This declaration of independence is significant, not just because Americans were casting off repressive powers of a foreign country, but more importantly that Americans were declaring themselves free from the powers of any repressive government.
The Declaration of Independence states,
“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…”Declaration of Independence (US 1776)
So, Independence Day is about Americans setting themselves free from an oppressive government.
Their declaration was that an individual’s freedoms come, not from government, but exist always, from birth to death. As stated, we are “endowed by (our) Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”
The weight of the Declaration of Independence is the same today as it was then. We must not forget that our rights do not come from government. While we no longer have to worry about the British Crown interfering with our unalienable rights, we must be wary of our own United States government. They have, and continue to commit the very same crimes against the individual American citizen that ignited The Revolution in 1776.
This Fourth of July please remember why we’re celebrating this historical day, and be ever watchful of the very real, modern Crown that we refer to as Washington D.C.
Live your life, embrace your liberty and pursue your happiness. Happy Independence Day!