The Meaning of Fourth of July
The Fourth of July is a great holiday honoring our great nation. This is perhaps, the most celebrated family holiday other than Thanksgiving and Christmas and that's appropriate because the Fourth of July is all about our families. It’s a day of national celebration, a day for remembrance, a day of picnics with family and friends, and usually ends with an evening of fireworks. The fireworks, however, are but a symbol of the meaning behind the Fourth of July celebration. A symbol of the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British Royal Navy ships in the Chesapeake Bay.
Despite the symbolism, the meaning behind the Fourth of July came about as the result of the valiant efforts and strong commitment of our American forefathers 235 years ago. Our nation declared its independence in order for our families to live free – not just for one generation but for all future generations.
The American colonies became the United States of America because of determination, self-discipline and most of all, the dreams of our forefathers. Our desire for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not a coined phrase, but a day-to-day philosophy celebrating free-expression, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the right to be and remain free.
Using the words of President Ronald Regan, “Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.” It is in this spirit of freedom that the Fourth of July should be celebrated.
Our soldiers and sailors are working all over the world to support the vision that became a reality 235 years ago. They are willing to spend the Fourth of July away from their families so that we can be with ours. So I hope sometime between the picnics and the fireworks, each of you will take a few moments to send a prayer of thanks. Thanks to our forefathers for their vision and thanks to our military service members around the world for their dedication.
To all military personal, past and present, THANK YOU!
Happy Fourth of July.