(Neb)-Happy Independence Day! Listen
CHADRON - Today is Independence Day, the 4th of July, a national holiday with government offices and financial institutions closed, and no mail delivery.
The 4th of July celebrates the passage and signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. John Adams...one of the crafters of the Declaration and the nation's second president...predicted it would be remembered by future generations with "fireworks, pageants, pomp, and parades."
He was right, but also wrong. Adams thought the day of the celebration would be July 2nd...the day John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration.
Instead we celebrate the 4th...the day the Declaration was first read to the public outside the building where Congress was meeting, today known as Independence Hall.
Governor Pete Ricketts...who will participate in 4th of July parades in Omaha, Ralston, Seward, and Central City...issued a holiday message recognizing the importance of the date and what it stands for.
It says, in part, "On this 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, let us honor the brave men and women who fight to preserve the rights, liberties, and freedoms that we cherish.
As our great President Ronald Reagan said: 'Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same.'
Nebraska U-S Senator Deb Fischer says the 4th of July offers a chance to reflect on the things that brought the nation together and stands as a reminder that our shared values are why we live in an exceptional nation and an exceptional state.
Fischer says that as part of this year's celebration of 150 years of statehood for Nebraska, it's fitting to remember as the first state admitted after the Civil War, it helped the country take one step closer to fulfilling the principles the founders set out in the Declaration of Independence.
3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith says while the country faces major challenges that have led to growing division, Independence Day is a reminder of the struggles overcome together by the Founding Fathers, many of whom did not like each other, and the need to continue to strive for unity today.
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