Senior Solutions of the Treasure Coast Proudly Wishes America “the Land of the Home and the Brave” A Very Happy 242nd Birthday
Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July 4th is a Federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress.
On July 8, 1776, the first readings of the Declaration were publicly held in Philadelphia’s Independence Square to the ringing of bells and band music.
“May it be to the world, what I believe it will be…the signal of arousing men to burst the chains…and to assume the blessings and security of government, that form, which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercises of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them”.
– Thomas Jefferson June 24, 1826 Monticello
One year later, on July 4, 1777, Philadelphia marked Independence Day by adjourning Congress and celebrating with bonfires, bells and fireworks. Congress established Independence as an official holiday in 1870.
Today Independence Day is commonly associated with parades, fireworks, family barbeques, picnics, concerts and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government and traditions of the Great USA!
There are many options along the Treasure Coast for your Fourth of July celebrations including the following:
Martin County: - Flagler Park Downtown Stuart beginning at 11:00 am to 9:00 pm – fireworks at 9 pm.
St. Lucie County: Port Saint Lucie Civic Center beginning at 2:00 – 10:00 – fireworks at 9:00 pm.
Fort Pierce: “Stars Over St. Lucie” held at the Fort Pierce City Marina Square. Festivities begin at 6:30 pm with a 40-piece Air National Guard Band and fireworks at 9:00 pm.
I had the opportunity to speak with a few of the members of the Senior Solutions team on their thoughts and what Independence Day means to them. One person on our team stated that “Independence Day means to her that she can be a woman, and a have a career and be free to practice the religion of her choice, the ability to drive a car and live on my own knowing that our BRAVE men and women fought and keep fighting for all the freedoms I have”.
Another team member stated “Celebrating America’s birthday is a day to celebrate the freedoms and liberties this great country affords us. It’s a day to celebrate the great job the men and women do to protect our freedoms.”
Kelley stated “Independence Day is really special to my family came to America in the 1500’s to escape persecution and repression. My uncle Elihu Washburn was the 25th United States Secretary of State under Ulysses S. Grant. I can imagine the great celebration of Freedom on the July 4, 1776. My family is very patriotic and will continue to fight for our country we love!”
Happy Fourth of July to you all~