If you live in America, did you celebrate our independence on the 4th of July? Our family did. We watched women dressed in colonial dresses spinning yarn. We participated (and won twice) in a cakewalk. Then we sat on the sandy beach next to the ocean and watched the beautiful fireworks. The lights filling up the sky with loud bangs were thrilling to watch. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our country’s independence and freedom.
 
We watched the fireworks on July 4th. That is Independence Day. But did you know that America was officially free from England on July 2nd? It’s true. On July 2, 1776 a vote was quietly passed in Congress that the United States of America be a separate, new country.
 
Once it was passed, the founding fathers knew that they had to figure out just how America would be free and how our new country would work. So they hurriedly worked on a way of explaining their new freedom to everyone. They worked quickly and wrote the Declaration of Independence.
 
The Declaration of Independence was then signed by the founding fathers on July 4, 1776. The Declaration of Independence became so famous and well known that this date—July 4th—became the accepted date of independence. It is indeed now Independence Day.
 
So whether you celebrated with a barbecue, a picnic or fireworks, Independence Day is a day to celebrate—a day to celebrate the freedoms that we enjoy in our country. Freedom to worship and follow God, and to serve Him with all of our hearts. I’m glad that we celebrate on the 4th—even if technically we are all two days late!
 
Celebrate your freedoms and make it a wonderful new day—a new day with Jesus!
 
 
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