On July 4, 1776, a fledgling United States Congress
declared that the time had come for the thirteen colonies
to sever their bonds with England and become
an independent, sovereign nation.
Of course we know that, having said it,
our Founding Fathers were not finished.
The crown was not about to walk away
from its investment.
And so a war for freedom was fought and won
by revolutionary colonial forces.
The document that threw down the gauntlet,
our Declaration of Independence,
is preserved for posterity
at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Americans celebrate this historic event annually
with fireworks, cookouts, Naturalization Ceremonies,
and parades in towns and cities.
Happy Birthday, U.S.A.
I hope the sun shines
on your parade.