Happy 4th of July everyone!
As we celebrate our freedom with fireworks, bbq, and apple pie, let us salute our forefathers and reflect on the history of Independence Day.
- July 2, 1776, was the day a committee formed to draft an official independence document, in hopes of gaining political, social, and religious freedom for all inhabitants of the new land.
- Two days later, on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted. The new land was then known as America and officially declared a free nation.
- Though celebrated since 1776, July 4th actually became a federal holiday in 1870, and a paid federal holiday in 1941.
- June 14, 1777, Congress officially claimed the flag design, most often credited to Betsy Ross, as the national flag.
- The current U.S. flag was actually designed in 1958 by Robert Heft, a high school student, who received a B- from his teacher for the design. Clearly, American Congress had a different view than Heft’s teacher, as it’s been used as a national symbol ever since.
As we stand in unity and celebration, let our prayer be for the nation. The bible states in 1 Timothy 2:1-4, “I urge you first of all to pray for all people. As you make your request, plead for God’s mercy upon them, and give thanks. Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Saviour, for he wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” (Life Application Bible)
Happy Birthday and God Bless, America!