July 4, 1776,
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
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.
Oh, the intensity of passion Thomas Jefferson must have felt while writing those words in June of 1776--his passion still resonates some 231 years later.
Here's to a celebration of these truths and all there is to love about these United States; we're taking the day off to do just that. Have a safe and celebratory 4th!
Fireworks over Tennessee Avenue in Washington D.C. by FredoAlveraz.