The true meaning of Independence Day seems to get lost in the BBQ's and fireworks. Let us not forget what our forefathers risked to form this great nation.
On July 4, 1776 the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England. In June of 1776, the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Where Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution: "Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved."
Although not followed up immediately, these words were the impetus for the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.
On July 2, 1776, the Lee resolution for independence was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies with New York not voting.
Thomas Jefferson was chosen to pen the Declaration of Independence under the advisement of the Committee and on July 4, in the late afternoon, the Declaration was officially adopted. Nine colonies voted in favor, Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted no, Delaware and New York abstained.
Benjamin Franklin said before signing, " We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately."