When you think of the Fourth of July, what comes to mind?

The Fourth is usually a time to relax and visit with family, display the American flag, host a BBQ and shoot off fireworks.

But we should always remember the true meaning of Independence Day!

The tradition of Independence Day signifies the beginning of the American Revolution. July 4, 1776 marks the day the Continental Congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence. This act freed the 13 colonies from British rule.

The Declaration states,

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

These ideals are often referred to as the “American Idea.”

This idea granted citizens the freedom to build a prosperous nation. In just 100 years, the United States of America transformed from a cluster of underdeveloped colonies into the richest, most powerful country in the world.

Just as the nation prospered with independence, individuals also thrive when granted the freedom to pursue their American dream.

The American Dream promotes prosperity and the freedom to seek out opportunities for success.

Home ownership, entrepreneurship, family and the general betterment of an individual’s wellbeing are all products of the American Dream.

So, as you close out this year’s Fourth of July celebrations and vacations, be sure you reflect on your time with loved ones, great food, and fireworks. But don’t forget the true meaning of Independence Day!

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