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Remembering the Fourth

Estherville News Editorial

July 1, 2015
Estherville News

Since the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, July 4 has been celebrated as the birth of American independence. This is a day for Americans to set aside their differences and display with pride that red, white and blue flag that represents the freedom and independence every individual in the United State of America is privileged to have.

It is a day to pay your respects to those representatives of the 13 original colonies who chose to declare their independence from Great Britain after the initial break out of the Revolutionary War in April 1775.

On June 7, 1776 the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia and appointed five men to a committee to draft a formal statement as to the reason for the break with Great Britain. These men were Thomas Jefferson, who wrote majority of the declaration, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin and Robert Livingston.

On July 4, 1776, Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence.

The first celebrations of the Fourth of July included mock funerals for King George III as well as concerts, bonfires, parades and the firing of cannons and muskets.

Today, Americans celebrate this day with fireworks, parades, concerts and barbecues, however, the reason to celebrate remains the same.

Raise those flags high this weekend and take time to remember those who first declared the country's freedom as well as those who had and are fighting so that every day, every American has the privilege to enjoy the sweet taste of freedom and independence.



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