Why is the Fourth of July a national holiday?

On July 4, 1776, our forefathers/founders signed the Declaration of Independence changing the 13 American Colonies’ governance from King George III to that of 13 representative independent states.

The Fourth of July is our nation’s 243rd birthday: Put another way; we rejected being subjects of England’s monarchy and opted to be citizens of 13 self-governing states.

That’s noteworthy.

Go to a parade, eat hot dogs, baked beans, and potato salad and/or cole slaw: Celebrate.

Also, engage in camaraderie, and observe fireworks: Even go to a baseball game: Be proud Americans.

But, don’t forget or neglect to reread the Declaration of Independence, and teach your kids/grandkids about its history.

God Bless America.

Roger E. Pederson

Mount Vernon

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