“WHY WE CELEBRATE THE 4th OF JULY!”
Maybe a lot of people even here in America don’t know why we celebrate the fourth of July nor those of you reading this who live in other countries. The United States of America became a country on this specific date in 1776. Prior to that date, the thirteen colonies here were ruled by England. Each colony had been governed by English rulers and the colonists who had settled here had suffered enough from their rules.
Thomas Jefferson [who would later become a president] wrote the Declaration of Independence: it took him 17 days to write it. This declaration was signed by prominent men that time and just by writing their names at the bottom of that piece of paper meant a death warrant for all. But they signed it and it was sent to England---where it was not received with happiness. It was received with furor!
Nonetheless, we became a country on July 4, 1776—the United States of America with thirteen states. And that declaration brought war to us with England called the American Revolution. But we won that war which was started here. Ironically, Thomas Jefferson would die on a fourth of July as would John Adams [another president but not a signer of the declaration.]
Today, every 4th of July is celebrated by all Americans in some way be it parades, picnics, baseball games or events and with fireworks! Always with fireworks! Our fifty states celebrate this day which is really called “Independence Day” with much happiness. After all, it is a date that we became a free country.
Happy 4th of July!