Recorder's Notes by Pamela Bacon, Logan County Clerk and Recorder

Tomorrow is Independence Day also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

The Declaration of Independence states that the authority to govern belongs to the people, rather than to kings, that all people are created equal and have rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The American colonies had been at war with Great Britain for over a year when the document was signed.

The preamble of the declaration is the best-known part. 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.

The Declaration of Independence is an important part of American democracy because first it contains the ideals or goals of our nation. Second it contains the complaints of the colonists against the British king. Third, it contains the arguments the colonists used to explain why they wanted to be free of British rule.

The Bill of Rights is the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution. It spells out Americans' rights in relation to their government. ... And it specifies that “the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

Federalists argued that the Constitution did not need a bill of rights, because the people and the states kept any powers not given to the federal government. Anti-Federalists held that a bill of rights was necessary to safeguard individual liberty

Today, the original copy of the Declaration is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and July 4 has been designated a national holiday to commemorate the day the United States laid down its claim to be a free and independent nation.

Independence means Freedom: freedom from control or influence of another or others.  Type of: Freedom the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints

I think Freedom, Independence and being Patriotic goes with elections because voting gives citizens a way to express their opinion and exercise their right to participate and to help elect fellow citizens to work on their behalf to uphold our freedoms.  Elections give you a voice to make your opinions on the issues be heard and if you don’t like how things are going then voting in an election helps bring change to our world. 

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