Have you had your Joy Juice today? It’s a day to truly celebrate with joy!
Those of us who live in the United States of America consider July 4 a special holiday. We celebrate with cookouts, fireworks and variety of fun activities. We are commemorating the day in 1776 when our country declared Independence.
Let’s look at a few little known facts about this day.
According to ConstitutionFacts.com:
- July 4, 1776 wasn't the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776).
- It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution (that had happened back in April 1775).
- It wasn't the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776).
- Nor was it the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn't happen until November 1776).
- The Declaration was signed on August 2, 1776.
So what did happen on July 4, 1776? The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on that day. So we’ve set aside July 4 each year to joyfully celebrate.
The first part of our celebration should be to thank God for our forefathers and ask Him to help us to do our part in helping make our country as great as our forefathers desired!