Today, in the United States, we celebrate the 4th of July, a day that represents freedom from the tyranny of the past , freedom from tyranny today and hopefully, freedom from tyranny in the future.
On this day in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed bringing forth a new nation, the United States of America.
Independence Day, more commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
The 4th of July is celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, concerts, family reunions, as well as political speeches and ceremonies.
In 1777, thirteen gunshots were fired twice in salute on that day, once at morning and once again as evening fell in Bristol, Rhode Island.
We still celebrate Independence Day on July 4th with traditional activities that echo that day in 1777 but in many ways the spirit of the day has diminished. Many Americans are ignorant of the true meaning of the day or simply don’t care. Its meaning to them isn’t about freedom and why it’s important but is more about how they might fill the day with relatively inane activities.
Don’t get me wrong, I like fireworks, barbecues, etc. as much as the rest, but please remember even for just a moment what and why you are celebrating. It’s all about FREEDOM.
The United States of America truly is the land of the free and the home of the brave. If you live in this country you are one of the lucky ones despite the many apparent and despicable intrusions on your personal liberty that have recently come to pass.
All of us have a duty to do what we can to protect our freedom from disappearing.
Never forget your personal freedom allows you to pursue life, liberty and happiness, however you define it. And yes adventure, for without freedom you cannot pursue the adventurous life. But you must protect and defend your freedom or you will have nothing worth celebrating.
Kansas, the band wrote and performed a song in 1974 that speaks to this issue. It is telling that this song is just as timely today.
Here are the lyrics to “Can I Tell You” by Kansas
Can I Tell You
Can I tell you something
Got to tell you one thing
If you expect the freedom
That you say is yours
Prove that you deserve it
Help us to preserve it
Or being free will just be
Words and nothing more
Song written by Rich Williams, Steve Walsh, Phil Ehart and Dave Hope
Need more? Here is the full song on YouTube. This will get your spirit of freedom going.
If you expect the freedom, that you say is yours.
Prove that you deserve it, help us to preserve it.
Or being free will just be, words and nothing more.
No truer words could be spoken or sung regarding protecting freedom. Now it is up to you to do what you can and here is your permission to do so.
Below is your FREE TICKET TO FREEDOM & ADVENTURE – Print it, put it in your wallet and never forget it. It is your pass to pursue life, liberty, and happiness, which we define as the Adventurous Life. But protect it, as it is one of the most important possessions you will ever own.
Enjoy your Freedom-Explore the Adventurous Life