The Declaration of Independence: Why We Celebrate on July 4

What are we celebrating this coming weekend? Don’t¬†celebrate “the Fourth of July,” but Independence Day. Too often, we seem to forget that this weekend is about the publication of a document, the Declaration of Independence, that forged the American ideal. It’s not about an arbitrary date on the calendar. We invite you to read and thoughtfully consider the Declaration of Independence this Independence Day weekend.

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Thoughts on Government from John Adams

John Adams was a major proponent of independence from Great Britain. In April 1776, he wrote a letter to two of North Carolina’s delegates to the First Continental Congress. They had asked Adams if he would help defining the government for North Carolina. We now know this letter as Adams’ “Thoughts on Government” The entire letter is available here. The letter provides insights not just into how Adams felt, but into how many of the Founding Fathers thought and the types of issues they confronted in laying the foundation for the American Republic.

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