The Celebration of Independence Day

in the
United States of America



America the Beautiful



O beautiful for spacious skies
Yosemite National Park


For amber waves of grain



For purple mountain majesties



Above the fruited plain



America! America!



God shed His grace on thee



And crown thy good with brotherhood


From sea



To shining sea

"Farewell to Thee" - Following Hawaiian tradition, Sailors honor men killed during the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Naval Air Station Kaneohe, Oahu. The casualties had been buried on 8 December. This ceremony took place sometime during the following months, possibly on Memorial Day, 31 May 1942.
- U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.



The Pledge of Allegiance

I pledge Allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one nation under God, indivisible,
with Liberty and Justice for all.

May God Bless America



America celebrates Independence Day each year on July 4, commemorating
the day in 1776 when the colonists declared their freedom from British rule.
Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, which was approved
and signed by members of the Continental Congress of the United States of America.


The Declaration of Independence

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

May God bless all those persons serving in our military forces who risk
their lives in order to preserve and defend the God-given rights of all
"that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness"
which we may exercise freely as citizens of a truly great nation:

The United States of America

I have just one question about all of this...