Letter: Join me in remembering what July 4 is really about

Posted 6/29/20

To the editor:

I would like the general public to remember what the holiday on July 4th is really all about. It's not about cookouts, parades, or fireworks. It's about "life, liberty, and the …

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Letter: Join me in remembering what July 4 is really about

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To the editor:

I would like the general public to remember what the holiday on July 4th is really all about. It's not about cookouts, parades, or fireworks. It's about "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” That is why we should not "Celebrate the 4th"; instead, we should "Celebrate Independence Day" as our Founding Fathers called it.

The Founding Fathers of this great country voted for independence from the British government on July 2, 1776. The Declaration of Independence was a written explanation to their fellow colonists as to why the Continental Congress had voted this way. This document was formerly adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776, but it was not signed until August 2, 1776. 

I am inviting the public to participate in reading the Declaration of Independence at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, at the WWI Dough Boy statue in the Bicentennial Green in front of the old Stone Bridge in Tiverton. We all need to remember why we enjoy the freedom we have in this country, and why the Congress declared our independence as a separate country from Britain.

I will have a limited supply of Declarations available to read from, but you are welcome to bring your own copy. I hope you will share your experience at this public reading with others who could not be there - and why it is called Independence Day. This event takes about 30 minutes or less, but it may be the most important 30 minutes of the day. Then you can go to your cookouts, parades, and fireworks knowing why it is such a great American holiday.

Just a reminder to please wear a face covering if you plan on attending in person. If you wish to stay home, you can read my 2020 opening historical monologue downloaded as the July "Tales of Tiverton" on the Tiverton Historical Society's website at www.tivertonhistorical.org.

Susan Anderson

Tiverton

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