Pet Peeve/Rant

Jul 4, 2015 by

American-flag-Independence-dayToday is Independence Day in the United States. It is the day we celebrate our independence from the tyrannical British government on July 4th 1776. It is the day that marks the beginning of the greatest nation that every was and still is.

So why do we in fact celebrate the 4th of July instead of Independence Day? Do a Google search for Independence Day and the majority of returns are for the Independence Day of India, not the United States. We are not celebrating a particular day on the Gregorian calendar, we are celebrating one of the most monumental events in world history.

So when did the celebration of Independence Day turn into a celebration of a particular date on a calendar? This may seem trivial to some of you, but to me it is anything but trivial. We don’t celebrate December 25th, we celebrate Christmas. Look at this list of holidays and events celebrated in the U.S. and tell me which ones go by the name of the date on which they are celebrated.

Holidays in the U.S. in 2015

I am afraid too many people are associating Independence Day with fireworks, cookouts, and parties, and marginalize the fact that it is the day our Independence was established. I know there are a lot of staged events commemorating our independence, but I am curious as to why this is the only holiday (other than Cinco de Mayo ) that is labeled as it is. Anyone out there have an idea as to why it has become labeled this way? I’m interested in hearing from you.

Happy Independence Day everyone. In between fireworks and cookouts, take some time to read the Declaration of Independence. I hear the Constitution makes good summer reading too.


God Bess America.

Google’s salute to Independence Day


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