Why I’m Celebrating This 4th of July

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In May of 1968 my family immigrated to the United States. Forty-nine years ago we left behind what was described by mother as the financial hardship, family dysfunction and religious persecution that made our lives not just difficult, but desperate.

Immigration is one part leaving behind the old and another part welcoming the new. The new my parents chose to pursue was the promise the United States has held out to immigrants since its creation 241 years ago. The promise articulated by Thomas Jefferson as “the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.”

As we prepare for our 4th of July celebrations I was struck by the words of John Adams who said about our independence:

“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 of 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, and this time forward forever more.”

John Adams would be happy to know that tomorrow I will solemnly celebrate the great work by our forefathers to create a new nation. 241 years ago, the infant known as The United States of America dissolved the political bonds that connected them with Great Britain. When dissolving these bonds, our forefathers pledged to each other their lives, fortunes and sacred honor.

Tomorrow, I will be incredibly grateful for the work of our forefathers and my parents. Both sacrificed their lives, fortunes and honor to create a better life for me and my sister.

I for one will certainly celebrate this Independence Day with pomp, parades and some illumination. But, more directly, I will celebrate with the recognition that my life is supremely blessed to live in the United States of America.

Wishing you, your family and your friends a memorable Independence Day!


  1. Thom Bolin says:

    The 4th of July, a time to celebrate our independence and those who have served to keep it so. This 4th of July will be spent with family and church family. For it was the pursuit of freedom, including that of religion, that brought forth our country, the light on a hill to not be hid.

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