“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
The Fourth of July is also known as Independence Day or July 4th by Americans. This day has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. Formally British America comprised the colonial territories of the British Empire in America from 1607 to 1783.
On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence. Two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, which was a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.
From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the day when American nation was born. The festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.
History of Independence Day
The initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775 and ended in 1783. Few of the 13 colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain at the start of the war. Those who wanted independence were considered radical.
By 1777, however, many more colonists had changed their position and now were in favor of independence. The conditions of hostility kept growing against Britain and the spread of revolutionary sentiments had taken root.
On June 7, 1776 the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia. At this meeting the Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence.
Congress postponed the vote on Lee’s resolution, but appointed a five-man committee to draft a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain. These men were Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York.
On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution for independence in a near-unanimous vote. The New York delegation abstained, but later voted affirmatively. From then on the 4th July became the day that was celebrated as the birth of American independence.
On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain. These 13 colonies has become the United States of America. The state of being independent is to be self-governed and self-ruled.
Britain accepted the loss of the 13 American colonies in 1783, with Great Britain recognizing U.S. independence. The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1785. This loss to Britain was compensated by new settlements by loyalists. Some migrated to Australia other by the spectacular growth of Upper Canada, Ontario.
July 4th is celebrated as a legal holiday in the U.S. in honor of the day when the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. There are two other countries that celebrate July 4 as their day of independence, the Philippines and Rwanda.
Festivities including concerts, bonfires, parades and the firing of cannons and muskets accompanied the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence. These celebrations began immediately after its adoption in 1776. Philadelphia held the first annual commemoration of independence on July 4, 1777.
George Washington issued double rations of rum to all his soldiers to mark the anniversary of independence in 1778. In 1781, several months before the key American victory at the Battle of Yorktown, Massachusetts became the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday.
After the Revolutionary War, Americans continued to commemorate Independence Day every year. This celebrations allowed the new nation’s emerging political leaders to address citizens and create a feeling of unity.
By the last decade of the 18th century, two major political parties which were the Federalist Party and Democratic-Republicans had risen. These parties began holding separate Fourth of July celebrations in many large cities.
The tradition of patriotic celebration became even more widespread after the War in which the United States faced Great Britain. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday; in 1941, the provision was expanded to grant a paid holiday to all federal employees.
Over the years, the political importance of the holiday declined, but Independence Day remained an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism and religious freedom. In the 1600s, England did not have religious freedom. The Pilgrims were forced to leave England because they refused to follow the Church of England. The Americas became their refugee.
Falling in mid-summer, the Fourth of July has since the late 19th century become a major focus of leisure activities. These activities are common occasion for family get-togethers, often involving fireworks and outdoor barbecues.
The most revered symbol of the holiday is the American flag. The special musical accompaniment is “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which is the national anthem of the United States.
Individual And Personal Mental Battles
We all have personal wars that we battle daily to help us to be mentally liberated. We may or may not have the backings that we need. Anxiety and fear are the most frequent opponents to face and they can be on a large or small scale.
When we feel beset by fear, it means that the danger is right before us. On the other hand, anxiety is different. It is an anticipation that something fearsome is about to happen. This fright can be seconds or months away, or it may never happen. Why not try being your own supporter and champion, and bet on yourself for a change?
You have greatness within you sometimes you have to war to get it moving in the right direction. The key to unlocking that greatness is by becoming your own greatest ally. You can win the battle against fear and anxiety and take total control of your personal territory.
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Clear Your Mind
It is of utmost important to have independence of the mind. You should be able to clear your mind and free yourself from any negative thoughts. This is an important skill to master. The process of replaying the same thoughts over and over in your head is known as rumination.
Research has shown that rumination can be harmful in many ways. One of the main problems with rumination is that when you focus on disturbing events, you create fear and anxiety for yourself in the present. This anxiety triggers your stress response and robs you of joy in the moment.
The result may be chronic stress which is an unhealthy condition that can lead to a host of physical, mental, financial and emotional problems. Strive to gain your independence from this state, called your “mind”. Sign the Declaration of Independence in all of your situations today.
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