Happy Independence Day from the Gatlinburg Daily Post

Americans love to show their pride in their national identity of being the land of the free and home of the brave. We like the idea that we have the pursuit of happiness as one of the basic foundations of who we are. This is why every summer millions around the country flock together to celebrate our national independence on the Fourth of July, otherwise known as Independence Day. This year, Independence Day will be held on Tuesday.

The history and significance of July 4th is probably something that you learned once-upon-a-time in school and have since forgotten. Here is a quick refresher. In June of 1776, representatives of the original thirteen colonies were fighting for their independence from King George of England. This is known through history as the American Revolution.

On July 2nd of 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegation adopted the all-too-important Declaration of Independence. From then on until present day, July fourth has been a celebrated as the birth of American independence.

Celebrations of the holiday have gone through several different phases. Originally, the colonists would use the holiday to mock the celebrations of the King’s birthday as a way to symbolize the end of the monarchy and its hold on America. In the eyes of many, it was seen as the triumph of liberty. Massachusetts would become the first state to make July 4th an actual state holiday.

Celebrations would eventually become more widespread after the War of 1812, when the America’s would once again come toe-to-toe with the British. In 1870, the United States Congress would officially make July 4th a federal holiday for all.

Since then, July 4th has evolved into the biggest summer holiday for most Americans, with many celebrating with parades, BBQs, fireworks, and neighborhood block parties. Take the day to remember the sacrifices of the brave men and women who found the country, as well as those millions who fight to keep America the nation that it is. Happy Fourth of July from all of us at the Gatlinburg Daily Post.

Source: Elizabeth Lane, Gatlinburg Daily Post Staff Writer