Celebrating America’s Independence Day – Mindful Of The Deeper Meaning “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan America’s Independence Day—the Fourth of July—is a joyous time to celebrate with family and friends. But it’s more than a day of fireworks, burgers on the grill and a day off from work. It’s about remembering our country’s birthday, and the significant steps our Founding Fathers took to make the dream of this “great experiment” a reality. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from Great Britain and its king, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, the birth certificate of America. In a letter from John Adams to his wife, Abigail,.