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Celebrate Independence Day with Good Old Fashioned American Patriotism

By Bryan Black

The 4th of July is all about commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence which gave America its independence from Great Britain, right?

“But why do Americans celebrate so much and blow things up?” a comment I recently read on a forum I frequent. I thought I’d answer this question and throw up a great quote by John Adams, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

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.

While Adams was off by two days, this quote pretty much sums up what every American should be doing to celebrate our independence! While it might seem most days that our government has veered from the founding ideals our forefathers envisioned back in 1776, I know I’ll never forget what the Declaration of Independence means and be celebrating just as Adams wanted!

How have you celebrating American Independence this 4th of July weekend?

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  • 5Solas

    John Adams hit the nail on the head though I also reference Arctic Patriot in his words below:

    On the Fourth, we celebrate open rebellion, high treason, and disobedience.

    We celebrate men who killed their countrymen for their principles.

    Men who risked being demonized and executed by their government, for their principles.

    Don’t you ever, ever forget that.


    It’s not about apple pie, baseball, fireworks, and the Declaration of Independence.

    The Fourth is about men holding to their principles strongly enough to lead to killing, rebellion, and treason.

    Such actions led them to freedom.

    Expensive, horrible, priceless freedom.

    Have an Incredible Fourth.

  • Manny F

    July 2nd was when the Declaration was voted on. July 4th was when it was ratified by Congess.

  • Charlie

    Sic Semper Tyrannis.

  • Solas–Way to call a spade a spade.

    While the books and movies have the luxury of focusing on the inspirational, and glorious, I’m sure it was a gut-wrenching time.

    I look at my current circle of friends, and for as much as I love them all, some are diametrically opposed to my political outlooks. And me theirs (horrible English I’m sure…).

    Somewhere along the line, someone had to pick up a gun, incite a riot, and get things going. And I’m sure there were some difficult triggers to pull. Talk about post traumatic stress…

    What I love is that we celebrate the day we said we were free, not the day that British troops surrendered. “We decided, ergo we are” mentality. Great thoughts

    And thanks to you too Mr. Adams…

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