Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. (Wikipedia)
Most Americans don’t reflect on the true significance of “the 4th of July”. I myself was reminded of it’s significance by my priest, Fr. David Stump, SJ, while exiting Mass. I greeted him with the words “…have a happy 4th of July…”, upon which he immediately replied, “Ahhh…it’s Happy Independence Day!”. I nodded and smiled, moving on my way with his words resonating in my head the whole afternoon; the same as with many of his lessons. As the day progressed, all you could hear on the radio, and I imagine see on T.V., were advertisements from various companies (mostly car dealerships and furniture stores), for the “Great 4th of July Sale”, going on “NOW”, at a location near you! Don’t get me wrong, new cars need to be insured or added too insurance policies and new furniture leads to increases in “personal property” values or the desire to have a better homeowners policy, which my industry benefits from greatly. But many forget that the freedom to buy a new car or purchase land, homes and property was forged on July 4, 1776 at great personal cost to our first veterans, who helped separate thirteen colonies from British rule.
“During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain in 1776 actually occurred on July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain rule. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it two days later on July 4.” (Wikipedia)
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Photos from my trip up the Hudson to see the Macy’s fireworks: