History tells us that Independence Day is a federal holiday celebrated in the United States commemorating the official adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. On this date, it became official that the United States declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. It is a day to celebrate the history, government, and the traditions of the United States, becoming the national day of the United States. There are many public and private events celebrating the birthday of a nation. A lot of water has passed under the bridge, but the pride and honor of being an American continues on to this day. America the Beautiful, is still the land of opportunity and a great country, for the people and by the people.
Here is a quote from the Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." Declaration of Independence
The United States of America operates today based on Rule of Law, and "deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed". The Government operates on the consent of the people. We, the people of the United States of America, have the right to control our government, through processes built into the Constitution. This is something to be proud of as a citizen of this country. We vote for our elected officials to represent us in the decision-making process on local, state and the federal levels of government. There are not many countries in this world where by the people decide who represents their country as a whole. Be proud; celebrate Independence Day as an American in whatever fashion works for you. Happy Birthday America!!!