Celebrating the Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776

Posted: Sunday, July 04, 2010 by Travis Cody in

Because that's what today is all about...celebrating the day when our forefathers declared to all and sundry around the world that they believed in the right of self-governance and self-determination.

Read the document.  I do it every year on this day.  It is profound.  It is real.  And it is yours.  It is mine.  It is our document.

I've written at length about what this day and the Declaration mean to me.  You can check out those posts by following the links below, if you like. 

Manic Monday - Independence, posted 2 July 2007
Happy Independence Day America, posted 4 July 2008
Celebrating the Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776, posted 4 July 2009

This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.  ~Theodore Roosevelt

Enjoy your celebrations in whatever way seems best to you!


  1. Akelamalu says:

    I love the Roosevelt quote.

    Happy 4th to you Trav.

  1. Linda says:

    We brilliant minds do indeed think alike as today I posted the entire text of the Declaration. Those were some very brave men that made us one Nation under God.

  1. The quote is wonderful, as is the Declaration, of course!

  1. Happy Fourth of July! This instrument is still as powerful as it was in 1776.

  1. Akelamalu: I've always appreciated the unselfishness of that quote.

    Linda: Other than the reference to deity, I agree about the bravery of our founding fathers. They outlined and fought for individual rights and freedoms, including the freedom from a state imposed religion and the freedom to worship or not as one chooses. We are indivisible as one nation.

    Lana: Agreed!

    Pam: It is certainly defining, isn't it?

  1. JohnH985 says:

    As always very well done, sir. I always make it a point whenever I get a new phone (and we all know how often that seems to be) I download the app for the Declaration and Constitution.

  1. It's been quite a long time since I've read it. I will do so again.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Trav: Was away for most of the day. Thanks for the links and the reminder to read the Declaration. Our local paper printed the entire thing. I was impressed when I saw it. Hope you had a good 4th!

  1. It was radical then and in many ways continues to be too much for so many in the world to comprehend. But you've got to have something to strive for.

  1. I was remiss in stopping by earlier.

    I hope you and your Lovely Lady had a marvelous holiday weekend