I love the 4th of July, it is a wonderful holiday spending time with family and friends as we celebrate our Nations birthday. On June 11, 1776 the colonies Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia formed a committee with the express purpose of drafting a document that would formally sever the ties with Great Britain. The committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston. The Continental Congress officially adopted the final version on July 4, 1776.
The following day, copies of the Declaration of Independence were distributed and on, July 6, “The Pennsylvania Evening Post” became the first newspaper to print this document. The Declaration of Independence has since become our nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty and freedom.
Exactly one year later on July 4, 1777, Philadelphia marked Independence Day by adjourning Congress and celebrating with bonfires, bells, and fireworks. This custom spread to other towns, both large and small to celebrate our Nation’s birthday.
Congress established Independence Day as a holiday in 1870 and in 1938 Congress reaffirmed it as a holiday, but with full pay for all federal employees.
This year we will gather with family, friends, neighbors and visitors at Emerald Isle to celebrate the fourth of July. Take time on the fourth to give thanks for all of our blessings and for our freedom. I invite you to attend our fireworks display on Friday, July 4th which begins at 9 pm at Bogue Inlet Pier.
Let us never forget the brave souls that fought and served for the pride and peace of our nation. Let us never forget the sacrifices others have made and continue to make each day for our freedom.
Happy 4th of July! May God Bless you, our Nation and our beloved Emerald Isle.