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Independence Day Message from Pastor Kevin

posted Jun 24, 2020, 1:59 PM by Bowmansville UMC

Independence Day is a federal holiday in the U.S. commemorating the declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776.  The continental congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Great Britain, King George III, and were now united, free, and independent states.  The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2, but it was not declared until July 4.

In 1777, thirteen gunshots were fired in salute, once in the morning and once again as evening fell, on July 4 in Bristol, Rhode Island.  An article in the July 18, 1777 issue of the Virginia Gazette noted a celebration in Philadelphia in a manner a modern American would find familiar:  An official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks.  Ships in port were decked with red, white and blue bunting.  That was the beginning of how we celebrate independence every 4th of July. Today the most important part of our celebration should include prayers.