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Independence Day is our country’s most patriotic of holidays, chock-full of flags, fireworks and family festivities. It is a day when we Americans proudly wear red, white and blue as an expression of our devotion for the greatest country in the world.
While many of us will display outward symbols of the holiday and feel a renewed sense of what it means to be American, without doubt we should give thought to those earliest patriots who risked their lives and livelihoods to adopt the very document that is at the heart of why we celebrate today – the Declaration of Independence.
In July 1776, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail that stated the signing of that historic document would “…be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
Today, more than just a commemoration of our country’s successful break from Great Britain, our Independence Day celebrations have expanded to honor our nation’s history, our military, and our way of life. As pops orchestras across the country entertain us with traditional favorites like “The Star Spangled Banner” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” as a backdrop to the visual excitement of grand fireworks’ displays, we all take pride in our American heritage.
Although Independence Day festivities have evolved since 1776, one thing remains the same – American patriotism is the spirit that drives this uniquely American holiday and continues to keep our nation strong and free.
Senator Thayer represents the 17th Senate District which includes southern Kenton County, and all of Grant, Owen, and Scott counties. He is State Senate majority floor leader