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Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2011

The 4th of July has always had a special place in my heart, because my family is usually all together on Treasure Island in Ontario, Canada. It’s somewhat ironic that my American family goes out of the country to celebrate our country’s independence! But every year it’s fun to watch the Canadian firework display on July 1 and then enjoy ours on July 4.

This year is an odd year for Matt, me, and the girls—we are in the States! It’s only been a handful of times in the last 30 years that I’ve not been in Canada over the 4th with the entire Moeller clan. And we’ve never celebrated in Florida before! I even had to ask our neighbors where to go to see good fireworks!

Treasure Island, Canada

So as I sit here missing my family (sniff, sniff) . . . I started thinking about the true historical facts surrounding our nation’s independence. I love the HBO mini-series “John Adams,” featuring the phenomenal Paul Giamatti as John Adams. (Other cast includes Laura Linney as Abigail Adams; David Morse as George Washington; Tom Wilkinson as Ben Franklin; Rufus Sewell as Alexander Hamilton.) From my limited research, I’ve found that this series, based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning book by David McCullough, is fairly accurate. If you haven’t seen it, I would highly recommend it! It really spurred my love for my country and its historical trials and triumphs.

In case you are interested as well, below are a few major facts (from about our nation’s fight for freedom over 200 years ago.

 1765—British Parliament passed the Stamp Act, a tax to raise revenues for a standing British army in America. American colonists fought “no taxation without representation” and boycotted British goods.

1766—British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act.

1773—The Boston Tea Party occurred in Boston Harbor, Massachusetts (18,000 pounds of tea was dumped into the harbor).

1774—British Parliament enacted the Intolerable Acts, which closed Boston to merchant shipping, made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in America, and required colonists to house British troops.

1775—The first shots of the American Revolution were fired as British regulars encountered a group of American militia at Lexington.

1776—Thomas Paine published “Common Sense” in January, urging citizens toward American independence. More than 500,000 copies sold in the first few months. Continental Congress called for states to form their own governments; a committee was formed to draft a Declaration of Independence.

July 4, 1776—The Declaration of Independence was approved by the 12 colonies. It took New York until July 19 to approve it. On August 2, the Declaration was signed.

1781—The American War for Independence lasted 5 years. The final victory was at Yorktown in 1781.

1783—The Treaty of Paris was signed between the United States and Britain; America officially became a free and independent nation!

1791—The first recorded use of the name “Independence Day” occurred.

1870—The U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees.

1938—Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.

 On July 4, 2011, I am blessed and thankful to live and worship in a free country, surrounded by loving friends and family.

Happy 4th of July!

“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” ~ George Washington

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Cheri McGuire permalink
    July 4, 2011 2:51 pm

    Executed with Excellent!!!

  2. Ashley Kerth permalink
    July 5, 2011 8:29 am

    Amen, sister! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  3. July 5, 2011 2:33 pm

    Another great post!!! Can’t wait to see you very soon, sis! 🙂

  4. Kristy Williams permalink
    July 6, 2011 11:07 am

    I LOVE that John Adams series!!! I never thought when i started watching it that I would be crying by the end of it! Although Canada missed you all, I know the U.S. was happy to have you home…love you!

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