Today, the nation’s 233rd birthday, I’m reminded of the country song by Rodney Atkins: “The Declaration of Independence, Think I could tell you that first sentence, But then I’m lost.”
When actually, it’s the second sentence that most people know, one of the best-known sentences in the English language and perhaps the most important words in American history: “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.”
I had to memorize that sentence back in grade school, and it’s still sticking to me today, in my orderly pursuit of happiness.
Check out this LA Times article for some great truths on the Fourth of July. From the Detroit Free Press, there are nine reasons to celebrate your independence. Also, a fine editorial on freedom from the Miami Herald. And, if you’re feeling smart, test your knowledge of the Fourth of July, here.
Here in New York, (and Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island,) all types of consumer fireworks are banned, so instead of celebrating from my own backyard, I’m heading out to watch the pros do it up at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse!