Do you know why we celebrate July 4th?

@marie2052 (3691)
United States
July 4, 2012 9:23pm CST
The 4th of July is called Independence Day. Its because we claimed our freedom from King George in Great Britain. We came to America for Freedom so our founding father Thomas Jefferson wrote this and it was agreed upon by July 2nd by the second Continental Congress and sent to the printer on July 4th. All signatures took some time as not all of the delegates lived in Philadelphia the signing of the document took some time. The official date given for all signed making this document offical and FREE from King George and his reign is August 2, 1776. We need to remember its just not a day about eating and watching fireworks. While those were fun, there was a reason for this day to be a significant.
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• Mexico
6 Jul 12
Hi marie: I completely agree with you. Even if I am not American I value people who care about history. People should care about the history of their countries because these could help us understand who we are and also teach us some lessons to know what we can do to have a better future. ALVARO
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@marie2052 (3691)
• United States
7 Jul 12
If each person gives a bit of history from each of us we would have much more awareness. Thanks Alvaro I admire you as always!
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• Mexico
10 Jul 12
Aww thank you ALVARO
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@Bluedoll (16930)
• Canada
5 Jul 12
I’m not making fun of anything significant in my jovial here because I’ve much respect for my friends and the America I know and I think the constitution and its history is important and worth thinking about. Here, we talked about the war of 1812 , is when they were sent back home. Now I have to report something as well, the Brits have cancelled the invasion. They are allies across the big pond. Oh yes, one other thing independence, constitution, freedom like liberty are not American inventions. The statue of liberty was a gift from France, and did she evolve from an idea the Greeks started about something called democracy? God Bless America and remember America you have many friends of freedom.
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@Suzieqmom (2761)
• United States
11 Jul 12
Interestingly, the flag that inspired the "Star Spangled Banner" our national anthem, was created for the War of 1812, not the Revolution. The flag was to fly over Ft. McHenry in Baltimore, as a beacon of hope to help the Americans defeat the British after their decisive victory in Washington DC. (And it worked!). The song comes from a longer poem penned by Francis Scott Key, who was inspired after he saw the huge flag flying over Ft. McHenry through the morning haze.
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@marie2052 (3691)
• United States
15 Jul 12
Thanks Suzie for telling your story. There is so much to tell our children!
@desiree91 (515)
• Malaysia
5 Jul 12
That is the shortest and most comprehensive history lesson I ever had. Thank you. Do you know why my country Malaysia celebrate 31st of August? It's the day we claimed independence from Britain as well.
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• Malaysia
5 Jul 12
So now I'm starting to wonder if other Asian countries suffered the same fate by Britain too. I really suck at history.
@marie2052 (3691)
• United States
7 Jul 12
Desiree91 I thank you for your history lesson. What year the same as ours? I strive to reopen history with bits of trivia as I am a firm believer regardless of race, creed or culture there is always something more we can learn.Again thank you!
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
11 Jul 12
If you read the Declaration of Independence you will find the last sentence which states: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." Many of the signers suffered greatly for signing the document. Some lost their lives, their families and they fortunes. How many of todays leaders would risk it all and sign such a document today? How many would pledge their Lives, Fortunes and sacred Honor? Our country needs such men now.
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@marie2052 (3691)
• United States
15 Jul 12
Thank you very much for your input to what I wrote. Our country has turned to such a disaster that I pray for the sake of the troops that served and are still alive (me one of them) we can still turn this around.
@deebomb (15319)
• United States
10 Jul 12
Hello marie. Oh Yes I know why we celebrate the fourth of July but so many don't know much about our fight for independence or why we fought to be free from King George. I watched Jessie Watters interview some people on the beach the other night on The Bill O'Riley show. A number of those he interviews didn't who the founding fathers were and that is a real shame.. Says something about our education system. We need to remember all that gave so we can be free.
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@marie2052 (3691)
• United States
15 Jul 12
Isnt it amazing what was drummed into us in school and why we are who we are this generation going to school knows so little. I used to dress in my uniform and go visit high schools and talk about the two wars i was in. But the main question out of their mouths were did you kill anyone. thats so totally sad!
@cerebellum (3870)
• United States
5 Jul 12
I knew that July 4th wasn't the exact day that everything was signed, but I didn't realize it took that long. I often wonder which side I would have been on if I were alive then. I love our freedom and are glad we are not part of Briton, but I don't like controversay either!
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@wittynet (4235)
• Philippines
5 Jul 12
Ours is June 12. That is to celebrate freedom from American regime.
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