Friday is the fourth day of July, a truly special day for America and Americans.
The Fourth of July is Independence Day, the official birthday of our nation.
It is the day, 238 years ago in 1776, that the second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, arguably one of the most important documents in the history of the world.
The document, principally authored by 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson, stated to the world the principals that would shape the new nation (“We hold these truths to be self-evident”), laid out the grievances the 13 American colonies had with the King of Great Britain, and dissolved the political connection between the colonies and the British monarchy.
Americans would fight Great Britain in the Revolutionary War for eight long years. In 1783, the British signed a treaty finally accepting the United States of America as a free country.
The American Revolution started before 1776, but the Declaration marks the beginning of our nation.
Thus, the stage was set for over two centuries of growth, progress, and prosperity, the likes of which the world has never seen.