Independence Day means more than hot dogs and beer

By Faye Higbee

Independence Day means more than hot dogs and beer

Why do we celebrate the 4th of July? There are many reasons, none of which has to do with food. It is Independence Day – the day we said “We’ve had it! NO MORE!”

Adoption of the document

July 4, 1776 was the day that the Continental Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. Only John Hancock signed it on July 4- the others signed a month later, with one person waiting until November.  The “Committee of Five” worked to come up with the wording, and presented it to the Continental Congress.


John Adams, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, and Thomas Jefferson were tasked with drafting the Declaration of Independence, and presented it to Congress on June 28, 1776. Thomas Jefferson then drafted the final Declaration after others made changes.

The Declaration of Independence was not directly addressed to King George III of Great Britain. According to one historian, a newspaper in Belfast, Ireland picked it up on August 23, 1776, and thereby it was passed on to the King. It was meant to tell the world why we rebelled.

Not about the tea 

The Colonies had suffered immensely under the rule of Great Britain. Unjust laws, standing armies quartered at people’s homes, demanding that the people give up the right to representation, forcing judges to be dependent on the will of the King…it wasn’t just about ‘tea.’


Here are a few of the grievances, as reported by

“…He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance…

…He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power…

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences…

…For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people…”

Any of that sound familiar?

We have a Federal government that is bulky, riddled with ‘new offices,’ from “czars” to militarized agencies like the BLM and EPA. There’s a bureaucrat under every rock, and most of them are armed to the teeth. They have ravaged our ranches, taken lands and property with out due process.

Has our government been “waging war” against us? A failure to identify the real enemy, and actively prosecuting members of our military and contractors for doing their jobs. Or murdering a citizen for a rightful protest against federal overreach?

High taxes, a broken economy, a balance of power deleted, socialism that has taken a giant toll on the livelihoods of Americans…these are just a tiny fraction of the issues that face us.

“…And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

How about you?