My Take: Be safe and enjoy the Fourth of July holiday

My Take: Be safe and enjoy the Fourth of July holiday

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The July 4th holiday is upon us.

The summer patriotic holiday is often a time for vacations and family get-togethers, barbecues and of course, fireworks. But the real reason behind this holiday, of course, is the celebration of the birth of our nation.

The history of Independence Day 2018 dates back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare independence of the United States from Great Britain.

On July 2, the legal separation of the 13 colonies from Great Britain occurred, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia.

Two days later, its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin.

Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4 and most have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as it is commonly believed.

The holiday remains to be celebrated on the Fourth of July. Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.

So, let's all have a safe and happy 4th of July and let's always remember our service men and women who are serving our nation here and abroad in order to continue to keep us a free nation!
And that's My Take.  What's Yours?

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