Everyone at DWM hopes you and yours will have an excellent celebration with family and friends on July 4th! Hopefully, there will be family reunions, great food, baseball games, picnics, parades, fireworks and more. Have a wonderful time!
We also hope you take a few minutes to think about why we celebrate July 4th. As many of you recall, Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, though John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and other members of Congress made 86 changes to the document before it was approved on July 4, 1776. The Declaration consists of three main parts. First, it declares the rights of citizens. Second, it lists the grievances against England’s King George III. And, third, it makes a formal claim of independence.
The most famous words of the Declaration of Independence are:
“We hold these words to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
These powerful words still apply today. We hope that you, your family and all Americans are enjoying your life, liberty and pursuit of happiness on Independence Day and throughout the entire year!