Why We Love the Fourth of July

Fourth of July

I remember fondly Fourth of July celebrations as a child. 

We’d go to the local firework stand and pick out our favorites. My sister and I would light off fireworks in the days leading up to July 4th. Imagine LOUD for several days! 

On July 4th, the whole town would gather in the park for festivities. There’d be concerts, baseball games and food. The night would end with the sky lit up in a splendid array of color.

My kids, too, look forward in anticipation to the Fourth of July each year. The fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, gathering with friends and family, all things red, white and blue…what’s not to love?

Reasons We Love The Fourth of July

America’s Birthday
On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed giving the United States independence from Great Britain. July Fourth is also known as Independence Day or America’s Birthday. 

The day is filled with patriotism. American flags are flown with pride.  It represents gratitude to our Founding Fathers for giving us something we often take for granted – freedom. 

Check out our list of Fourth of July books for kids to teach them about our history in a fun and exciting way. 

Festivities
Why do we celebrate with parades, fireworks and barbecues? Many believe it has to do with a letter John Adams, a Founding Father, wrote to his wife, Abigail on July 3, 1776. 

In the letter he wrote, “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

These are clear instructions to celebrate! 

July 4th

Our Son’s Birthday
That’s right! We had a firecracker baby! Our middle son was born on July 4, 2008. He came three days early and I always say the stars aligned the day he was born. We had already picked out his name, “Lincoln,” so being born on Independence Day seemed fitting.

It can be challenging to celebrate a holiday birthday and make it a special day for him, but he loves all the festivities the day brings. It doesn’t hurt he has grown up thinking the fireworks are just for him. 

Red, White and Blue
Given our son’s July 4th birthday, he has adopted his favorite colors as red, white and blue. He asked me recently, “How did America’s colors become red, white and blue?” Good question.

Five years after Independence Day, Founding Father Charles Thomson presented the Great Seal to Congress. That Seal was created to represent the values and beliefs as well as sovereignty of the new nation.“The white signifies purity and innocence. Red, hardiness and valor and Blue … signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice,” Thomson said.

The colors of red, white and blue are worn with pride on the Fourth of July. The colors go beyond clothing, though. I’m already thinking about what kind of red, white and blue food dish I can bring to this year’s celebration!

Summertime
The Fourth of July represents summer and the carefree attitude that comes along with lazy days and warm nights. If you’ve ever visited Nebraska in the winter, you’ll understand why we love warm summer nights!

For our family, life slows down in the summer and we cherish this time to reconnect with one another. Family reunions often take place over the Fourth of July as it is celebrated as a national holiday and many have time off from work. 

There’s a lot to celebrate about the Fourth of July. A day where Americans unite and come together as one to celebrate our freedom is a day to love.

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