The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day or July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941 – the tradition of Independence Day goes back to the American Revolution.
On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence and 2 days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.
From 1776 to the present day, July 4th as been celebrated as the birth of American Independence with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, concerts, gatherings and picnics. Early on, the celebrations were usually accompanied by a public reading of the Declaration of Independence. (The Declaration of Independence: Full text (ushistory.org)
Relatively speaking, we are still a young country, still experiencing growing pains. We are not a perfect country; but I do believe that there is no place in the world like the USA. I am proud to be an American. I am grateful for those who gave their lives for us… and I will continue to ask God to bless America.