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Get Ready for Independence Day!

Barbecues, fireworks, parades, red-white-and-blue ice pops, family time, summer weather, vacation. These are just a few traditions and joys that I associate with one of my favorite annual holidays: Independence Day, aka the 4th of July. Indeed there is much more to this awesome and celebratory festivity than burgers and dogs with extra relish, or getting silly with pink silly string at the parade. This particular day is monumental in the history of our great nation.

On July 4, 1776, the Committee of Five (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston) created and presented the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress. This historical proclamation, which outlined the 13 American colonies declaring their independence from Great Britain, was adopted by Congress.

These great men drafted a timeless document that has resonated in our country each and every day since its creation. We ask that you please take a moment when you’re off tomorrow, whether you’re swimming at the beach or alongside fireflies and friends in the park, watching the colorful fireworks, to remember this powerful patriotism and defining moment in history:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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