July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from British rule. Two days later, The Declaration of Independence was signed. It is on this date every year that America celebrates life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
One of my favorite authors of humor, Erma Bombeck, had this to say:
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.
God bless America!
Lyrics by Irving Berlin (click link to read)