4th of July
The Boston Tea Party, a disagreement over the taxation of tea, ignited the American Revolution in 1773. As animosities from the king erupted over the dumping of 342 crates of tea into the Boston Harbor, people began to unite and prepare to fight. Those instincts have continued to rise in Americans, even today.
On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere rode is infamous ride, warning us of the great peril we were soon to be faced with - The British were coming. Although he was injured, he had escaped to make this ride. The next day the battles of Concord and Lexington marked the first day of the American Revolution.
The following year, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and a few of our other forefathers composed a document that would declare our freedom from King George II of England. This document is henceforth named, “The Declaration of Independence.”
On July 4, 1776, this precious document was signed by many of our ancestors. John Hancock, being the first to sign, signed the Declaration with a large signature stating that he wanted to make sure the king saw it.
When Lord Charles Cornwallis sent his messenger to surrender to General George Washington, and the document of our Independence was signed, we celebrated with a display of fireworks. Thirteen rockets were shot into the sky, each one a representation of the 13 colonies. And so it’s been every year for well over 200 years, that we give a display of fireworks on fourth of July to show that as a nation, as an independent country, we will treasure our freedoms and our liberties.
In the days of yore, we were segregated as Loyalists (those who supported the king) and Patriots (those who supported the freedom from English rule). While we separated ourselves into groups, Deborah Sampson, dressed in men’s clothing, joined the Continental Army as Robert Shurtleff. She joined in 1782 but was later discovered in 1783. However, the discovery was to her benefit. Not only did she receive an honorable discharge from the Army, she went down in history as the first woman to join and fight in a war.
Patrick Henry, who often spoke on the issues of liberty, believed in our fight. His famous speech that ends in “Give me liberty or give me death,” is still an inspiration today. The town’s people believed in our rights to freedom as well and showed their support by naming their children, Liberty” or “Freedom,” and our young men and women still continue to fight for the pursuit of happiness of the free nation.
In light of the tragedies of 9-11 and current event of the White House, Congress, and Capitol Hill, my heart goes out to our fighting men and women. I believe we should continue our tradition and offer our display of fireworks for our nation in symbolization for those who have died to protect us and our freedoms. It truly is a symbol of unity to stand tall, proud, and our continued fight for freedom, liberty and justice for all.