This weekend, America will celebrate an event that occurred 234 years ago that changed the course of human history.
On July 4, 1776, members of the Second Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, the document that declared to the world the United States of America is a free nation, no longer ruled by the King of England.
The Revolutionary War, in which America won her independence, is widely acknowledged to have started in 1775, when British soldiers fired upon American civilians on Lexington Green in Massachusetts.
It dragged on until 1784.
Historians believe 25,000 American revolutionaries died during the war: 8,000 from combat, 17,000 from disease.
Since that Fourth of July 234 years ago, America has grown from about 2.5 million people to more than 300 million, and from 13 original colonies to span a continent.
Despite her troubles, America still is the most influential nation on earth. She has the world’s largest economy, three times larger than Japan, and larger than China.
People the world over risk their lives every day to live and work in America.
The Fourth of July differs from any other holiday. It is the day we celebrate the beginning of the greatest nation on the planet, started by the signatures of a handful of men more than 200 years ago.