The "4th" or "Independence Day"?

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    The "4th" or "Independence Day"?

    I was reading an email from a friend of mine who is an Army chaplain stationed in South Korea. He mentioned that he was planning to read the Declaration of Independence as part of his July 4th celebration. In all my years, I've never read the entire Declaration and it never dawned on me to actually read it on July 4th!

    The next day I was talking with someone and wished them a "happy 4th". They quickly said "Independence Day". I realized that to call the day simply "the 4th" or "July 4th" minimizes the significance and importance of the day. July 4th is our Independence Day, the day when the greatest country on Earth was founded and the day we have chosen to remember the great people and events surrounding the founding of our country. Yes, we should watch fireworks displays, eat hot dogs, and enjoy the day. But we should always remember that July 4th is Independence Day.

    This Independence Day I read the entire text of the Declaration of Independence out loud during our family lunch. The text is so powerful - I felt like Thomas Jefferson was actually in the room with me. The reading sparked a lively discussion around the table about the founding of our country. We also had fun at a local archery range and spent the day enjoying being together and relaxing. But the reading helped make this July 4th a most special Independence Day for me. I plan to read the Declaration each year on Independence Day to keep the text and ideas fresh in my mind.

    I found the text here: Declaration of Independence - Text Transcript (it's a great site for background and history about the document and the day).

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    Independence Day for me.
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    I always remind my kids that it is Independence Day. The "4th of July" is a day, Independence day is a celebration of our Independence.
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    I've always called it Independence Day. Seems like most people around here simply call it "4th of July".

    I agree, "Independence Day" sounds much more patriotic to me.
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    Is America truly Independent and do we have the freedom the Founding Fathers envisioned? Or have we allow the Yoke of Tyranny to be place around our necks by giving up Freedom in the quest for a farcical National Safety and Serfdom? I personally prefer a Dangerous Freedom over a Peaceful Serfdom!


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    What I hated in history was trying to remember the dates of significant events. As long as I can keep the 4th of July in my feeble mind, I'll go with that. I know what happened on that date--one of the few dates I can recall.
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    It's Definitely Independence Day. Anything less is an insult.
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    Such an important enough point, that it was included as a specific item in the Declaration of Independence:


    “A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people”. The Declaration of Independence

    Does this description bring anyone (such as a wanna be prince)to mind?


    "We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists".

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    I call it "The 4th of July". I know what happened on this day. I know what it means. I know its significance and I know its purpose. The name of the day is unimportant - certainly not worth declaring one name or any name an "insult". The only insult is to forget its significance, its meaning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pittypat21 View Post
    I call it "The 4th of July". I know what happened on this day. I know what it means. I know its significance and I know its purpose. The name of the day is unimportant - certainly not worth declaring one name or any name an "insult". The only insult is to forget its significance, its meaning.
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    I celebrate the 4th of July. It holds special significance to me as an American. I don't really ever call it Independance Day although I suppose that's what I'm celebrating. For me independance didn't come until the enemy capitulated and merely saying it, didn't make it so. A lot of brave, pricipled men had to give up everything they owned to confer independence on this land.
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