Let music swell the breeze,
and ring from all the trees sweet freedom's song;
let mortal tongues awake;
let all that breathe partake;
let rocks their silence break, the sound prolong.
Our fathers' God, to thee,
author of liberty, to thee we sing;
long may our land be bright
with freedom's holy light;
protect us by thy might, great God, our King.
-My Country 'Tis Of Thee, words by Samuel F. Smith
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
"We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — 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."
-Declaration of Independence
It's Independence Day!
We celebrate our country which we praise God was founded on Christian principals and pray for our country that the Lord would help our leaders and voters make right decisions and ultimately learn to seek Him once more.
July 4th is always a big deal for my family because not only do we get to celebrate the birth of our country but we also celebrate my brother Andy's birthday. We to do it up big by wearing our red,white and blue clothing (folks often want pictures when we go to parades) and we also always try to catch a parade and some fireworks and other festivities in our area.
So today is Andy's 21st birthday. Happy Birthday baby brother, I love you lots and am glad I get to celebrate this doubly special day with you!
Happy Independence Day everyone!
How are ya'll celebrating today?
Does your family have any special July 4th customs?