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The Fourth of July — Independence Day

The Fourth of July is again upon us and because of what has happened this year, the Fenton area won’t be celebrating the way we have in the past as all in person public activities have been canceled.

I understand the reasons but it is disappointing nonetheless.

This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t still celebrate the day, because if it weren’t for the actions of our founding fathers on July 4, 1776, we wouldn’t be able to now say that we live in the United States of America.

Another name for the Fourth of July is “Independence Day.” It’s our nation’s birthday when the Continental Congress adopted a legal document called the Declaration of Independence. This document gave notice to Great Britain and the world that a new country was being created and why.

At the time, our Revolutionary War for independence was being waged with the original 13 colonies united to defeat the British Empire and win their freedom.

The reason for the war has often been said to be contained in the preamble to the Declaration which includes the words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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.”

England had refused to recognize these truths and rights.

To borrow a line from the 1956 song by Steve Allen, the Declaration turned out to be “the start of something big,” which reached its conclusion in 1783 when the Revolutionary War ended in victory for the United States with the signing of the treaty of Paris.

The rest as they say is history.

We live in a great country. History has taught us that when there are things that need to be improved the people and our system of government provide a solution.

I join the Fenton Freedom Festival Committee, the city of Fenton, and the Fenton and Linden Regional Chamber of Commerce, and encourage everyone to watch or participate in the Fourth of July virtual and other events listed on the Chamber’s website and the Tri-County Times’ Facebook page. There is a virtual parade, virtual fireworks, contests, and much more.

You’ll be glad you did.

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