Independence Day. The day that the thirteen colonies agreed to declare their independence from Britain, just 2 days after it was signed by the Continental Congress. The day the American Revolution started. The day that a new country was born.
We’re celebrating that day to remember what happened and why it happened. That day that happened 237 years ago, because of what was inflicted onto the colonies by King George III.
But declaring independence wasn’t all they did. They promised each other support for when they declared their independence:
“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” ~Declaration of Independence
The Founding Fathers and the colonies pledged their lives, fortune, and honor to each other because they were willing–and did–risk them for the freedom, liberty, and independence. They bonded together to fight to against the tyranny of Britain. They did this for the not just for themselves, but the colonies and future generations of Americans; not just because they felt like it, but because they wanted freedom and the end of their oppression; not because it was the right time to do it, but because they were fed up.
The Founding Fathers saw that not only them, but future generations could enjoy the independence, freedom, and liberty from tyranny. Thomas Paine put it best in his pamphlet Common Sense:
“The sun never shined on a cause of greater worth. ‘Tis not the affair of a city, a country, a province, or a kingdom, but of a continent- of at least one eighth part of the habitable globe. ‘Tis not the concern of a day, a year, or an age; posterity are virtually involved in the contest, and will be more or less affected, even to the end of time, by the proceedings now.”
To them, nothing was greater than their independence. Because they believed what they wrote in the Declaration of Independence, they fought for their country and their freedom. They believed “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The only way for that to happen was to fight for their independence from Britain, which they succeeded in gaining it through the American Revolution.
This declaration of independence was the creation of America and the beginning of the end of tyranny. And it all started with a group of people being fed up with Britain, King George III, and tyranny.