We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in general Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name and by authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that, as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do.
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.
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“A Republic, if you can keep it.” – B. Franklin
I like to read the Declaration of Independence out loud on this occasion. The whole thing. It makes interesting reading. While the beginning is well known, and the end fairly well also, there is a long middle section that deserves to be read carefully.
For extra credit, find Jefferson’s draft version. It is particularly interesting because it contains an explicit condemnation of slavery. Take that, Nike.
And we’ve celebrated with plenty of military parades before.
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