The Fourth of July: Celebrating a Life Free From Tyranny

This picture is a painting by John Lewis Krimmel showing a July 4 celebration in 1819.

July 4th is a day we “oohh” and “ahh” over impressive firework displays and enjoy a charcoal-grilled all-American burger with family and friends. It is also the most important date in American history. July 4th, also known as Independence Day, is the day the colonists officially declared independence from Great Britain, securing our freedom and liberty to this day.

On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee proposed a resolution of independence to Congress consisting of three parts: a declaration of independence, a call to form foreign alliances and a plan for confederation. Even though there was some reluctance from Congress to pass the resolution, citing it was too early to declare independence, Congress appointed a committee to write an official draft. From June 12 to 27, Thomas Jefferson writes the Declaration of Independence. After suffering from oppressive rule and excessive taxation from the British crown, on July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress declares independence from Great Britain. Two days later, Congress officially approved the Declaration of Independence.

John Adams, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and our nation’s second president wrote a letter to his wife regarding the date:

The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

True to Adams’ words, all across America we celebrate with parades, bonfires and illuminations. It is easy to be swept up into the festivities and enjoy a day off work, but remember to take a moment and reflect on our great country’s founding principles, that we have “…certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

An American flag and the Declaration of Independence lights up Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
The Declaration of Independence was signed in what is now called Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

As gun owners, we understand how important these inalienable rights are. Without this day 237 years ago, and the relentlessness with which colonists fought during the Revolutionary War, our liberty and freedoms would have been replaced with tyranny and severe firearms restrictions. On July 4, not only do we celebrate a free nation, but we also honor those 56 revolutionary men who secured our right to keep and bear arms. Today, as we continue to fight the good fight, states such as Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and California face stringent gun control laws. On this Independence Day, I ask you to not only enjoy celebrating your freedom, but keep in mind where we came from and the direction we are headed.

From all of us at CheaperThanDirt!, have a wonderful and safe Independence Day! For more Independence Day blogs, read the following:

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Comments (4)

  1. 237 years ago the founding fathers of this grwat nation knew all to well that the best and only way for a tyrannical government to rule a people was to keep from them the ability to rise up against that tyranny, and one of the best ways to do that throughout history was to first disarm the people. From the Roman Empire to the Japanese Shogunate to the British Empire and the Third Reich of Hitler’s nazi Germany they all first disarmed the general public first.

    The second amendment was made specifically for that reason, as was the formation of each states own militia or guard troops that are SUPPOSED to belong solely to that state NOT the federal government and only to defend that state as that states governor needs. Yet today those duatd troops serve overseas.

    We need to vote as a larger group. The popular sovereignty clause of the Constitution still exists. That if 2/3 of the people vote yea or nea that that is law and that’s that no matter how much our elected representatives or small special intrest groups like it or not VOTE if 2/3 of us or more would actually vote these politicians would have a heart attack because they would know we are taking our country back from them and their special interstate that they are lackies of.

  2. Thank you for posting this Suzzane, and I feel once a year isn’t enough. To me, it also reminds me of all those who sacrificed life and limb in battles, to uphold those rights. People need to respect how this all came about, and instill it in the youth of this country, so that they might grow up to respect the very cost of the freedoms we shouldn’t take for granted, while flipping burgers, shooting fireworks etc. Thanks to all who have served, and may we all appreciate those we love, and the rights we have.

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