Two hundred and thirty-five years ago, America was but a dream, the signers of the Declaration aspiring for freedom and liberty drafted this perpetual document with a hope for a better future. These brave men were willing to sacrifice their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor for a dream that was all but impossible. Five long years after the signing of the Declaration the British Imperial Army surrendered in Yorktown Virginia on October 19th 1781. The greatest experiment in human history had passed its first test.
Today we stand together in the greatest country the world has ever seen, with more freedoms, and more opportunities then the rest of history combined. The 4th of July is a day of remembrance, celebration, and gratitude for our many freedoms.
The sparkle and boom of fireworks, the singing of the national anthem, and the smell of home cooked food brings chills to every American heart. Author Erma Bombeck said it best when speaking of our unique traditions “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” Unlike North Korea, China, Iran and others; America shows are strength as a nation through joy in every American household.
America is the shining city on a hill Reagan once spoke of. From fireworks, to apple-pie, and from songs, to monuments the 4th of July is a time for celebration, but also a time to cherish the right to call ourselves Americans.
"America is the greatest, freest and most decent society in existence. It is an oasis of goodness in a desert of cynicism and barbarism. This country, once an experiment unique in the world, is now the last best hope for the world." ~Dinesh D’Souza