On July 2, 1776, the American colonies separated from Great Britain when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of Independence. Two days later on July 4, the final draft of the Declaration of Independence was approved. This is the day we celebrate as a free nation. July 4 became an official holiday in 1783 and a federal holiday in 1941.
Independence Day is traditionally celebrated with family gatherings, picnics and fireworks. When I was a child, there were parades and patriotic speeches. No matter how we celebrate, we should take a moment to reflect on the reason for the holiday and remember the brave men who fought for our freedom.
I am grateful for the following ancestors who participated in the fight to make our country free:
Thomas Joyce of Virginia - Patriot and his son
George Joyce of Virginia and North Carolina - Pensioner
William Rand Jr. of Virginia and North Carolina - Patriot
Absalom Bostick of Virginia and North Carolina - Patriot
Benjamin Bebout of New Jersey and Pennsylvania - Pensioner
Jeremiah Lucas of Virginia and South Carolina - Patriot