PINE BELT (WDAM) - Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 242 years ago on July 4, 1776.
Today, Independence Day is commonly associated with a day that families and friends gather for a pleasant day involving parades, food, concerts and fireworks, for which we can thank founding father John Adams, who wanted them in the first Fourth of July celebration.
The United States began as an experiment in politics, a new country different from any other. The citizens were guaranteed freedoms uniquely American, freedoms which we continue to enjoy today.
People from all over the world come to this country to become Americans and enjoy the freedoms that we sometimes take for granted.
Consider This: While enjoying your Fourth of July holiday, take a moment to celebrate what living in a free country truly means.