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JULY 4, 1776:  The Official Beginning of the American Revolution.  That’s our country’s all-American rootin’ tootin’ shootin’ date, July 4, 1776.

–But:  battlefield fighting in the American Revolutionary War began over a year earlier, in April 1775, up in Massachusetts!  And, at the outset, most colonists actually wanted to remain loyal to King George III and believed the colonies should continue as part of the British Empire.  But Britain was brutal and abusive, and colonists gradually changed their attitude.

It was England’s overbearing effort to extract money from the American colonies (the Stamp Act and many other crippling taxes) that fueled the colonists’ zeal for independence and self-determination.  And the King’s punitive Prohibatory Act (Feb. 1776) that formed a blockade of American seaports and targeted American ships as “enemy vessels” didn’t help the British in the least. 

What our Founding Fathers decided was to create and publish a “declaration of independence” that would clearly state our position, our grievances against England, and our right to revolution.

This would be a document presented to the colonists, England and the major countries of Europe.

THINK ABOUT IT:  Thirteen young colonies challenging England’s right to rule (and exploit) them, taking on one of the then strongest naval/military complexes in the world.  Definitely a David and Goliath match.  What resulted was a stirring manuscript, the Declaration of Independence, expressing the American philosophy that:

            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.

Just to be sure all parties understood, a lengthy listing of grievances against the British Crown was set out in the Declaration.  The following is but a brief, explicit excerpt:

He (King George III) has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns
and destroyed the lives of our people.

 

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat
the works of death, desolation and  tyranny, already begun with the circumstances

of  Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally

unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

 

Wow.  There’s no mincing of words there, or elsewhere in the complete document.  And finally,

these extraordinary, courageous men all signed their names, knowing that if the struggle for independence was unsuccessful, they would all surely be executed as traitorous revolutionaries.  Their closing statement:

            And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the

            protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other

            our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

 

And then, one by one, they took pen in hand, and each placed his signature to the Declaration of Independence.  The famous John Hancock signature is almost five inches long! 

NO WONDER WE CELEBRATE THE 4TH EACH YEAR with parades and flags and fireworks and speeches.  Our country was founded by men of sterling character who were willing to sacrifice everything for what they knew was right.

MAKE SURE YOU’RE READY TO DISPLAY THE FLAG AND ADD A PATRIOTIC PALETTE TO PARTIES AND PICNICS THIS JULY 4TH.  HERE ARE SOME RED/WHITE/BLUE WINNERS:

 

  •  American Flag and Eagle Tie.  andHanHandsome artwork.  The bald 
    eagle has been our national emblem since 1782!                         

 

MANY FAMILIES TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON, D.C. FOR THE 4TH.      According to 

a press release from the National Archives, it will celebrate the 234th anniversary of the adoption

of the Declaration of Independence with its traditional Fourth of July program.

The celebration will include patriotic music and free family activities and entertainment for all

ages.  Following the morning celebration, the first-ever National Archives float will launch the

National Independence Day Parade in front of the National Archives Building at 11:45 a.m.

The National Archive celebration highlights include:  Meeting Thomas Jefferson and signing a

Facsimile of the Declaration.  (The original signed Declaration is featured in Archive exhibit.)

Evan Hughes will sing our National Anthem .There will be a dramatic reading of the

Declaration of Independence by historical reenactors.  Attendees can write their grievances in

Revolutionary manner with a quill pen.  And:  All can sign a facsimile of the Declaration  of

Independence .

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WHEREVER YOU CELEBRATE, FEEL THE PRIDE OF HOW WE BEGAN, AND WHAT OUR FOREBEARS ACCOMPLISHED.  BASIC TO ALL THIS IS DISPLAYING OUR FLAG.  CHOOSE THE SIZE THAT WILL SERVE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • American Flag with 2 eyelets for hanging.  34” x 61”.  Suitable
    for outdoor use.  A number of other sizes/types available.

 

 

 

 

  • Rhinestone American Flag Pin.  Beautiful colors, gold plated.

Wear it with pride.

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