Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, is the day we Americans celebrate our nation’s existence. It was 240 years ago, on July 4, 1776, that the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Second Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, and no longer a part of the British Empire. The American Revolution was fought to gain our independence.
There will be fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, patriotic speeches, and other events and ceremonies around the country. The opening paragraph of the Declaration is well known but worthy of repeating:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
The second sentence of the Declaration is equally well known and one of the most cherished statements on human rights:
We hold these truths 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.
The best known version of the Declaration, a signed copy regarded as the official document, is displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
I invite you to shop for antique and vintage Americana and patriotic objects along Denver’s Antique Row. You will find unique items related to the history of our country, famous Americans, the flag, fine art, frames and photographs, furniture, clocks, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, military and sports paraphernalia, toys, collectibles, and more.