The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in American history because it highlights the moment we officially became independent of Great Britain. It was the day we “restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come” (Samuel Adams, upon the signing of the Declaration of Independence, on August 2, 1776).
HISTORY OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
- On July 2nd, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved in wording by the Continental Congress.
- On July 4th, 1776 the delegates voted to accept it and declare America’s independence from Great Britain.
- On July 8th, 1776, the Declaration was read in public for the first time, outside Independence Hall, Philadelphia, accompanied by the ringing of the Liberty Bell.
- On July 19th, 1776, Congress ordered it engrossed in script on parchment.
- And on August 2, 1776, the members of Congress signed the parchment copy.
“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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed …”
–U.S. Declaration of Independence
HOW YOU CAN CELEBRATE
TODAY I encourage you to read the Declaration of Independence aloud to your family, and with your friends. Let’s be reminded of the gift of freedom we received 240 years ago from the passion and faith of men like George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Let’s talk about the other great documents of America, like the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Without the dedication and work of our Founding Fathers and the great men and women who have since come after and whom have fought for our freedom both in our courthouses and across the sea, we wouldn’t have the blessing of being able to homeschool our children. That is cause enough to celebrate!
OTHER FUN WAYS TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY:
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We’re giving away four American-themed items from our HSLDA Store. Doing the Right Thing DVD by the Colson Center, Our Constitution Rocks!, The History of Religious Liberty by Michael P. Farris, and American Commencement by Michael P. Farris. The giveaway closes at 11:59pm EST, Sunday, July 10, 2016. All these items can be found in the HSLDA Store, along with other fantastic resources to encourage your children to learn and have fun at the same time!
ENTERING THE GIVEAWAY
All you have to do to enter the giveaway is to leave a comment below (or email firstname.lastname@example.org) with what freedom means to you and your family! There are also other optional steps to win more entries below.
If you’re looking for fun recipes, crafts, activities, and celebration ideas to celebrate the 4th, check out our Summer board on Pinterest.
Let’s celebrate this independence by reading the Declaration of Independence to our families and by never forgetting the blessing of freedom to homeschool (one of the many blessings we’ve been given)!
Happy Independence Day from HSLDA!
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Congratulations to Pat Andrews, Edith Sanchez, Linda Finn, and John Dringenberg for winning HSLDA’s Fourth of July Giveaway. If you have not already received an email with the details, please contact us at email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone else for participating! Stay tuned for many more giveaways, blog posts, and encouragement to come.