As seen in the Wall Street Journal’s Mansion section:
Two hundred and forty years ago on July 4, the United States of America proclaimed freedom from Britain. It was the day that our most precious institution – democracy – was born. It was also the beginning of an annual observance known as Independence Day.
Without it there could be no “land of the free and home of the brave,” and the American Dream would likely not exist.
Deep down, I suspect our founding fathers instinctively understood their hard work would pay dividends for future generations. But to what end? How could men such as Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin and the other brilliant minds crafting documents such as the Bill of Rights and The Constitution of the United States truly have known what was ahead for their young country?
To possess the founding fathers’ rare vision, and to know it still rings true to this day, is a marvelous achievement of momentous proportions.
Here are some interesting facts about our national day of celebration: The very first Independence Day was July 8, 1776, but the official signing of the Declaration of Independence took place Aug. 2. Jefferson wrote the majority of the document, which was signed by 56 people. It was not until July 4, 1870 – nearly 100 years after the document was written – that Independence Day became a holiday. And Congress didn’t actually declare it a legal federal holiday until 1941.
The Fourth of July also has special meaning for commerce. It spotlights our country’s devotion to entrepreneurship, and the opportunities available to build our own businesses. It’s a tribute to Americans who are welcome to pursue such prospects or any other endeavor they may choose.
This is the lasting legacy of our Independence Day – American democracy, driven by thoughtful forefathers with a vision for our freedom, lives on as one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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