Although most people know it as "the Fourth of July" or "July 4th", the official name for this holiday is "Independence Day". It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th of 1776 by the Continental Congress declaring that the 13 American colonies were now a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.
On this date in 1776, our nation declared itself to be a nation unto itself, governed by ourselves. It is an interesting point that the actual Revolutionary War had started over a year before in April of 1775. The basis of our freedoms can be found in the Declaration of Independence. In that document, there is one sentence that stands out from all others, and it is the basis of our true foundation:
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.
That statement embodies the true beliefs that have been corner stone of all of our rights and freedoms. It is those rights that many have fought to obtain and defend. Today is a day to celebrate, but remember that we are celebrating the ideas brought forth on this day in 1776.
Commander - American Legion Patchogue Post 269