Why do we set off fireworks? Because John Adams wanted us to. It was a celebration of commitment. Before the Declaration of Independence was signed Adams told his wife in a letter that he wanted to celebrate the signing with “illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”
The event began and concluded with thirteen fireworks celebrating the commitment of thirteen colonies rallying together under the name “America”. America: it’s a song, it’s opportunity, it’s a place, it’s an emotion, it’s an idea, it’s freedom. Former President Ronald Reagan described America this way,
“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.”
These freedoms, taken from Scripture, were written into the Declaration of Independence. Our founding fathers believed in these freedoms with all their being and lived them out along with others down through history.
July 4th is a time to celebrate their commitment and a time to recommit ourselves to those same ideals that made us unique and kept us free.
As you watch fireworks this year, celebrate the idea of America, the freedoms of America, and God’s blessing of America.
By Rebekah Wright