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This 4th of July Take a Moment to Reflect

Jul 02, 2022

This 4th of July, take a moment to reflect on the document that declared America’s independence from Great Britain – the Declaration of Independence. Written by Thomas Jefferson and adopted on July 4, 1776, this document has become one of the most important pieces of American history. It’s a symbol of freedom and democracy, and is celebrated each year with fireworks and parades across the country.

So, what exactly does the Declaration of Independence say? Let’s take a look at some of the key passages:

“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.”

This famous opening passage states some of the most important principles that America was founded on – that all men are created equal and have certain inalienable rights. These words have been used time and time again throughout history to fight for equality and justice, and continue to inspire Americans today.

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

This passage speaks to the idea of government by the people, for the people. It’s one of the foundations of American democracy, and something that sets us apart from many other countries in the world.

“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare…”

And with these words, the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted on July fourth, 1776. If you’re ever feeling proud to be an American, just take a look at this document – it’s a reminder of all that we stand for as a country. Happy Fourth of July!

This year, as you celebrate America’s birthday, take a moment to read through the Declaration of Independence and reflect on the principles that it lays out. These words have shaped our country for centuries, and will continue to do so for many years to come. Happy Fourth of July!

Do you have a favorite passage from the Declaration of Independence? Let us know in the Community Discussion Board details below.

Did you know that the Declaration of Independence wasn’t actually signed on July fourth? That’s right – it was actually signed on August second. However, the date that is celebrated as America’s birthday is July fourth, because that’s when the Continental Congress officially adopted the document. So even though the signatures weren’t added until later, July fourth is still considered to be the day that America declared its independence from Great Britain.

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