Summer time in the United States can be celebrated with outdoor activities, picnics and barbecues. Families and friends join together to enjoy nice weather and spend quality time together. Though summer starts on June 21st, for some it is not official until the 4th of July, a day that marks many beginnings for Americans.
One important day in the history of our country is July 4th which represents independence from British rule. Our forefathers fought for freedom from a tyrannical king that was ruling them from across an ocean. They were tired of living under the British and being taxed by a British Government that was so far away and doing so little to help them. It was then that the spirit of patriotism, liberty, and independence came to life.
The American Revolutionary War began in April of 1775, and not even one year later the colonists and militias had successfully driven the British out of New England. By the morning of July 4th 1776, the Declaration of Independence was completed and presented to congress where it was signed for approval.
It was on that day that a free and independent country was born. A new mentality and attitude was burning strong in the hearts of the men and women of the United States of America. Beating the British was a remarkable achievement for the colonists who had very little training and inferior weapons. The determination and perseverance to stand up and fight a war, knowing that they may not win, is what defined those Americans. Believing so strongly in Liberty and Freedom is what drove them to push through the hard times to victory. It is because of them and what they went through to achieve freedom. That is the reason why we celebrate the independence and liberty that are such a strong part of our American identity. Happy 4th of July to you and your families.