Why The 4th Of July Is More Important Than Ever
Summer begins on July 4th. At least, that’s how it feels for me. The feeling of warm air on our skin, the smell of BBQ at the family get together and the promise of fireworks at the end of the day. It’s one of my favorite holidays and this year it feels more important than ever.
With everything that’s happened in the last 4 months from COVID to the Black Lives Matter Movement, coming together to celebrate what our country is about, what it was created for, feels important. This day in 1777, a year after the declaration of independence was created, we celebrated the first-ever Independence Day. For the first time, the American people were no longer under British rule. There was finally hope for the American dream.
Yes, there was still work to be done, almost 250 years later, there is still much work to be done. But this is what this day represents; All are created equal and have the divine right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. And that’s what these last few months have been about. Whether you’ve been fighting for life during the COVID-19 outbreak or you’ve sought out Life, Liberty, and Happiness for our Black community, 2020 has been a fight for what was written back in the 1700s’. A fight for what our forefathers gave their lives and risked it all to create.
“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.”
The original Independence Day was a day for the politicians to speak to the people. It brought together a feeling of unity among the newfound country. This day, fresh in its creation, wasn’t just about spending time with family but about coming together as a country. Politicians and the people brought together by the American dream, a tradition long lost in our country.
As you prepare for your July 4th celebrations, remember why this holiday started in the first place. A day that brought the people together to celebrate the American Dream–a right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. A dream we are still fighting for today.
This 4th of July I celebrate these principles. I also celebrate the men and women of all races, who are fighting to keep our country accountable to this promise. This Independence Day, I celebrate the hope for a better future, just like our founding fathers and mothers did.