Greetings from Silverado Stages,
On the Fourth of July, we celebrate our Declaration of Independence from colonial tyranny with family gatherings, barbecues, parties, games, food, fun, festivals, parades, musical events, and fireworks. While these events are delightful, let us never forget the significance of the Fourth of July, a day in 1776 when courageous members of the Continental Congress published a moral standard by which we continue to evaluate our actions.
“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.”
Members of the Continental Congress set thirteen colonies on the road to becoming a sovereign nation. The road would not an easy one, for there was a war yet to be won and a Constitution yet to be written.
Like many of you, we hope to spend part of this weekend celebrating our nation’s birthday with family and friends. The Fourth of July just doesn’t seem complete without picnics, parades, fireworks, and the Sousa marches we’ve hummed since childhood. As much as we each enjoy the traditions, Independence Day is, most of all, an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of our citizenship. The Declaration of Independence makes it clear. To be American is about much more than the place we call home. It’s a deeply felt commitment to higher principles: liberty, opportunity, and self-governance.
We wish you all a happy and safe Fourth of July. Enjoy your celebrations, but also remember the reason we celebrate. Let us remind ourselves that we must cherish and protect our freedom. And let us thank and remember those who have sacrificed to defend our liberty and our rights as human beings — our veterans and current service members.
Cheers to all of us and our Wonderful Country,
The Silverado Stages Team