"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--"
While these words didn't in fact include all men or women, it has helped to define our highest aspirations of what our country can be and should be. Even if we've never quite been there, but we can always have hope to be better than we are.
It's been awhile since I've read the Declaration of Independence and I chose today to be the day I did so again.
We didn't actually declare our independence on July 4...nope, that was two days earlier. July 4 is the day the Second Continental Congress decided to approve the Declaration of Independence. Is the day that we declared these grand ideas to the world. According to George Pyle of the Salt Lake Tribune it is the day we explained our declaration of independence.
So yes let's celebrate with fireworks, bbqs, drinks, and flags but let's also remember why and do more to be better citizens of our country.