Janie Stevens ponders at the buildfaith.org why we celebrate the Fourth of July:
In the more than 200 years since the Declaration of Independence, our nation has come a long way in fulfilling the bold vision set forth by the founding fathers for a nation in which all people are created equal. It continues to be a model for freedom around the world. We have been and continue to be the envy of many. Our freedom and equality are very special gifts, to be celebrated, honored and treasured. On this day we remember John Adams’ hope that we celebrate with all our heart with cookouts, barbecues, parades, fireworks, prayers, speeches that help us remember our story on this great anniversary festival.
But as we celebrate on this day we should also remember the more than 200 years of struggle on the part of those who realized that the vision of our founders could only be complete when all of our citizens enjoyed its benefits.
Read her essay in its entirety here.