This is the time of year for reflection. It is the time of year when we reflect on the sacrifices of those who helped make this country a free and sovereign nation. July 4th, 1776, several men came together and decided that the colonists needed to become their own nation and be free from the oppression of Great Britain. Fast forward it to this year, and we the people are celebrating 240 years as a free nation.
People do many things to celebrate this holiday. They go on trips, have family and friends over, and shoot off fireworks. Many people don’t know why we enjoy fireworks on the 4th of July. When Francis Scott Key was writing a poem, The Defence of Fort McHenry. He wrote the lyrics, “and the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there.” Fireworks are more than just watching things explode and having fun. These lyrics were written because the bombs going off produced enough light to allow Francis Scott Key to see the flag and know the US was still a free nation and that the battle was not yet over. Remember that every time you light a sparkler, shoot off a roman candle, or enjoy an awesome fireworks show.
Most people don’t truly realize the danger in what the founding fathers were doing when they declared independence. These men committed high treason against the British government, a crime punishable by immediate execution. On top of that, they even outright disobeyed the gun laws of that day, after Britain banned the colonists from owning guns. In short, our founding fathers committed acts and citizens disobeyed laws that now days liberals say they were basically wrong to disobey. Not only that, they are making new laws today that led up to the revolution back in the 1700s. The problem with history is that if you do not learn from it, you are destined to repeat it. If we did the same things today that the founding fathers and colonists did back in the Revolutionary days, we would be arrested and likely put to death.
So when you are having a cookout today, spending time with friends, and enjoying a great fireworks show, stay safe and remember to always remember what this day is all about. Remember the sacrifices that made celebrating this day possible. Most importantly, remember this when you go to the voting booth this November, because potentially, our freedoms are at stake and we are in grave danger of going past the point of no return regarding our freedoms. Happy Fourth of July! Let freedom ring!