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Freedom on the 4th of July

Cornerstone Ruminations: Freedom on the 4th of July

What being independent means for us as individuals and how those tie into the independence of being an American. 


The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, has been a nationally celebrated holiday since 1941. From the day in 1776 when delegates from 13 colonies adopted the historic Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence. Celebrations include fireworks, parades, concerts, family barbecues and neighborhood gatherings. Not only does this holiday remind us of the hard work and dedication it took to gain independence from Britain, but also allows us to reflect on what this independence means individually. Below, the CWMP team has outlined what being independent means for themselves as an individual and how that tie into the independence of being an American.


Don – Independence means freedom in my thoughts, words, and deeds. I am proud to live in the greatest country on earth that allows me to be independent and free.

Leslie – I am a very patriotic person, and I am extremely proud to live in and call this great country “HOME”. Independence is certainly appreciated when you have had the opportunity to see how other countries attempt to control and dictate their citizens’ thoughts and actions. Independence – what a wonderful freedom to live with.

Hailey – Being independent for myself means the freedom to live this life as authentically as possible. Being able to live in multiple different places, have different jobs and learning as I go has given me new perspectives and appreciations for all this country has to offer. It is comforting to know that I always have the tools and resources to make the best life possible.

Dee – To be an American is a privilege that people in other countries don’t have. Being independent to me means we can have freedom of speech and have opportunities to live, work and do as we shall without being ruled. We celebrate America for making us the land of freedom for its people, and the impact that it has on our lives.

Brittany – Being independent of myself means the ability to travel around the world and still be able to call America home.