It was 1776 when we signed the Declaration of Independence, officially forming the United States of America. Starting as a small agrarian nation, the United States has morphed into a global economic and military powerhouse. 240 years later, the experiment we call Democracy is flourishing and serves as a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
John Adams had written to his wife, Abigail:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will 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.
The promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are etched in the fabric of America and on our Independence Day we celebrate. We celebrate our freedom and the lives of the brave men and women who have risked limb and life to guarantee it for of all.
Happy Independence Day!