Friday, July 01, 2011

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

What is Independence Day really about?
Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July and is a commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Why did America want separation from the Kingdom of Great Britain?
Great Britain made many strict laws for the people to follow. The Americas had no one to represent them- meaning they had no way of changing these laws. They were very unhappy under British rule and decided they wanted their freedom. During the American Revolution (war 1775-83), the legal separation of the 13 Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1775. The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. This year would be the 325 anniversary when the declaration was signed!

Who signed it?
Their were 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. The first, largest, and most famous signature is that of John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress. The youngest signer was Edward Rutledge (age 26). Benjamin Franklin (age 70) was the oldest. Two future presidents signed: John Adams (second President) and Thomas Jefferson (third President).

Today in 2011!
So today we celebrate our independence and freedom with friends, family, picnics, barbecues, and fire works!

From our Family to yours, we wish you a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

We also wanted to wish 2 people a Happy early Birthday on this special weekend!

Happy Birthday Dad!
July 3

Happy 1st Birthday Knox!
July 4

1 comment:

  1. Wait a minute... Jason's dad's birthday is the 3rd, too. Sure you two aren't siblings? :-P


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