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Two hundred thirty eight years young

July 2, 2014

This Friday our country will celebrate the Fourth of July. The date set aside when Americans declared their freedeom from Great Britian. S 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Norma Dittman
FULDA FREE PRESS/Norma Dittman
This Friday our country will celebrate the Fourth of July. The date set aside when Americans declared their freedeom from Great Britian. S
By Norma Dittman
Her birthday came about with a secret vote by Congress on July 2, 1776, for independence from Great Britian. The Declaration of Independence was published for the very first time on July 4th, 1776 - two days following the seccret vote. On July 8th that year, the Declaration of Independence was read in public for the very first time. On August 2, 1776, delegates began the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Mixed in with those dates is a well-known record of a letter sent from John Adams to his wife, Abigail. It was dated July 3, 1776. July 4th, recognized as the date set aside when Americans declared their freedom from Great Britian, was to be celebrated with "pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations" throughout the United States. It was yet fifteen years later, in 1791, that the day was first termed ‘ Independence Day’.

Independence Day, the day recognized as the United States of American’s birthday, has traditionally become a day set aside for family celebrations complete with picnics and barbeques. For most, it is regarded as a patriotic holiday that celebrates the positive aspects of the USA. It is a day in which the people of the United States express and give thanks for their freedom and for the liberties fought for by the first generation of many of today’s Americans.

This year, 2014, 238 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4th falls on a Friday which gives Americans an entire weekend to celebrate the land that they know of as the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave!’ Celebrate well!

Happy Independence Day!


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