Whimsical Wednesday: Fourth of July

Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.- from history.com

Today was a perfect fourth of July. I went for a walk with my husband and daughter, I went to work in a town that I love at a shop where I feel valued and then had friends over for a BBQ dinner and to watch our towns firework show. It was perfect because I live in a country where all things are possible. We so often disagree on politics, values, who is right, and who is wrong, but today we can join together and all be thankful that we live in a country where we are free. Free to agree, to disagree.

I do love America, and today is a reminder of how blessed we are. I have two children from a country that is not so lucky. Millions of people live lives where freedom to speak, or freedom to choose a job, or live a life where they are not afraid of the government that rules the country they were born into, is not even a possibility. Today I celebrate, because I can!


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