Ah, the 4th of July—the event of the summer! The office is closed, school is out and it's time to celebrate. At the beach, pool, local parks, or in your backyard, barbecues are fired up, beer is in the cooler, and you’re hanging out with your family and friends, gearing up for the massive concerts and fireworks which will close out the day of celebrating. Too hot outside? —head to the cinema and take in all the new July 4th releases from Hollywood. If solitude is your thing, then you can always head to the mountains and enjoy the beautiful vistas and peace and quiet. The cool thing about the 4th of July is that you can do all the fun things you love, and know that you are sharing it with the whole country.
But, what’s it all about actually? The 4th of July—Independence Day, is a remembrance of the day that our founders signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Drafted over a period of 17 days by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence set forth for all time the founding principles of individual liberties upon which the country would stand. Its words expressed the heart and soul of the new American people. The firework displays remind us of this awesome act of independence and birthing of a new nation.