Freedom and The Declaration of Independence

As I sit here on the 4th of July with small town Americana all around me it makes me smile.  I’m at the beach where kids play without schedules and families drop by to chat on the porch.  Come 5 o’clock there will be a bike parade with all the red, white, and blue you can squeeze onto everything from a tricycle to a beach cruiser, with a car trailing behind blaring every American anthem imaginable from a big speaker.

After the parade we’ll have a neighborhood cook-out that we all contribute to, then off to sit on the beach and watch the fireworks.  It’s a tradition I’ve come to LOVE.

In the meantime, back in Philadelphia, they are having one of the biggest parades and celebrations in the land.  If there’s any place more appropriate I can’t imagine. 

I watched some of the parade on TV this morning.  As I looked at Independence Hall I got choked up.  I walk past this iconic building quite often and I always feel the reverence and awe of it all.  I swear you can hear the footsteps and voices of our fore fathers if you stand very still.

This amazing country I live in was formed by the bravest people anyone can imagine.  The odds against them were staggering.  But the need for freedom sustained them.  I am eternally grateful.

You may know, if you’ve read much of my blog, I get riled by politics now and again.  The political climate is so polarized and bitter here these days.  But on this day I have to take a step back and say, “This is what they fought for in the mid 1770’s.”

They fought for the right of speaking your opinion.  Standing up in a town square and espousing your views.  Standing up for what you believe in and acknowledging others have the right to disagree.

We often have issues with that last part.  Today there is a lot of ‘my way or the highway’ going on.  I don’t believe that’s what those brave men who signed our Declaration of Independence had in mind.

Not that they didn’t argue and have issues with each other.  If you’re a history buff you know there was much arguing going on through the process of hammering out that almighty document in 1776.  Without compromise it never would have happened.  Without compromise where might we be today?

Have you ever seen the play or movie ‘1776’?  I was lucky enough to see the play on Broadway.  I loved it! 

The final scene ends with a scrim of the Declaration of Independence dropping down as they stand around the table in silhouette to sign that incredible document.  In the movie they changed it a bit but it still brings tears to my eyes.

If you haven’t seen either the play or the movie I highly recommend it.  I thought I’d throw in this clip of the end of the movie.  Spoiler alert… they actually do sign.

Happy Independence Day everyone!


  1. Hi Barbara,

    Have a wonderful day! I’ve been in the US on Independence Day and it was fun. We went out in a yacht for wonderful views of the fireworks:)

    I think history’s boring when you’re young but now I’m older I really appreciate it and all the stuggles our forefathers had to get through.

    We can learn a lot from that and find endless inspiration in it.

    xox A

    • Barbara

      I’ve always been a history buff and the revolutionary war was my favorite to study. Hope you’re enjoying your vaca Annabel and thanks for the share!!

  2. Hope you had a wonderful day! 🙂
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    • Barbara

      I did Elizabeth and I hope you did too!

  3. Just watched the video. It was great, and now I want to see the movie. It does seem that compromise is a necessary part of politics (and life?).

    • Barbara

      Let me know how you like the movie Mike. It’s one of my all time faves!

  4. 1776 – yes! I also loved that movie as a child and remember some references which confused my young mind (like “salt peter” for one).

    I should watch that again — great memories!

    • Barbara

      We actually watched it with Dave’s nephews when they came out to visit years ago before we took them to see the historic sites. I think they enjoyed it much more because of it.
      salt peter… hehehehe! you would remember that!

  5. Lovely post, Barbara. Despite the wrangling of our politicians and how difficult it is to watch their nonsense play out, we are very fortunate to live where we do. We should celebrate that!

    • Barbara

      Absolutely Stephanie! Thanks for stopping by.

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