Why do we celebrate Independence Day?

The Colonists, feeling the pain inflicted by a distant government, sought freedom from the wants and needs of a government that saw the people as its subjects.  They wanted to limit the intrusion in their lives from that government and wanted to severely limit any new government so that it would not also become their master.

Once the hard fought Independence was gained, the people celebrated their victory and that independence from a distant government.  Today we celebrate but I wonder if we have any measure of freedom and independence like those colonists had, even before they threw off the British Monarchy.


Why do we celebrate Independence Day?  Here are some answers from better folks than I:

“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”  –  Dwight D. Eisenhower

“America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact – the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.”  –  Adlai Stevenson

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”  –  Abraham Lincoln

“My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!”  –  Thomas Jefferson

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”  ~Erma Bombeck

And Here is yet another thing to think about as you celebrate our Independence: