The Declaration of Independence was adopted on 4 July, 1776, and represents the formal separation of the Colonies from British oversight.
The Revolutionary War began a year earlier, in April of 1775, with the battles at Lexington and Concord. These sites were armories for the surrounding towns, where the militias’ firearms were stored. The strategy of capturing the guns and depriving the Colonists of the means to engage in armed conflict was implemented by British Army, but the tactic instead served to catalyze the opposition to British rule into violent skirmishes that sparked 8 years of fighting.
France joined the conflict on the side of the colonial rebellion in 1778.
The war would endure through 1783, and would be rekindled in 1812.
The 4th of July is a celebration of defiance, of rebellion, and of embracing the power that is bestowed upon each of us by the Creator.
Have a joyful celebration.
4 July 2019