Fourth of July Article Written for The Cherokee Scout’s Country Roads Magazine by John Poltrock

Likely the greatest American holiday is the Fourth of July. It celebrated across our great land and offers tremendous opportunities for family and friends to get together in celebration. It’s a federal holiday that is celebrated in a variety of different ways. Spectacles of light and sound, explosions, gun shots, flags, smoking grills, delicious foods, and so much more are spread across the country in festivities that are second to none.

Interestingly enough, it was July 2, 1766 that Congress actually declared the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain. In fact, John Adams wrote to his wife:

“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.”

His prediction of celebration was absolutely correct. However, the day of the celebration was off by two days. Congress declared the Fourth of July as our Independence Day because on that day in 1776, Congress approved the final version of the Declaration of Independence.

It’s important to remember that the day we celebrate was not lightly won. Many sacrifices have been given. Families have been destroyed, lives and minds have been lost, and things have been taken that we can’t even begin to tally or imagine. Although it was the Revolutionary War separated us into our own country, the sacrifices did not stop there. Our country has endured many wars and conflicts that has kept our freedoms alive and fully intact. Nor is done – our servicemen and women will continue to fight to protect what our Founding Fathers have laid out for us.

While we all enjoy our freedom and all we have in our lives, let us not forget our roots, our duties, and those who both make and made our country great. There’s no doubt we live in the best country in the world – the United States of America. May God bless America.

Written by John Poltrock – The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team