July 4, Independence Day
Happy Birthday America! What are we really celebrating every July 4? For many this holiday has become just another three day week-end and a day for cookouts. It is on the 4th of July that we celebrate the day the American colonies declared their independence from England in the year 1776. Thomas Jefferson penned that famous document, the Declaration of Independence. It is a good idea that we refresh our memories at this special holiday of just what that document says.
In Congress, July 4, 1776.The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united State of America, when the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.--
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,--That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness....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.
After reading the Declaration of Independence it might be fun to bring out the birthday cake - decorated in the fashion of the first American flag, red, white and blue. Use a regular 9” x 13” sheet cake and decorate using white icing, blueberry pie filling and strawberries. In Philadelphia at the second Continental Congress the 1st design for the American flag was adopted in 1777. It had thirteen stripes, alternating red and white, thirteen stars on a blue background which represented the thirteen colonies upon a blue background. The thirteen stars were arranged in a circle upon the blue field.
And finally another way to have fun and learn a little something at the same time is to make a trivia game up using facts about the fifty states such as state capitols, birds, flowers, trees, names of Presidents and so on. Use your imagination!
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