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Do you know why we celebrate Independence Day?

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In my latest blogs, I’ve talked about fun July activities across the island, with a special focus on Independence Day. We all know what the Fourth of July typically entails: Barbecuing with friends and family, hanging out at the beach or lake (depending on where you are), and lots of fireworks. With all the fun in the sun, it’s easy to look past or forget what we are actually celebrating.


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On this day 241 years ago, it was published in newspapers that the Declaration of Independence had been signed (technically our founding fathers voted on the declaration and it passed through on July 2nd.) Regardless of technicalities, no longer would people in the new world have to take orders from the British. This solidified the opportunity for these early movers to begin the first of many “American dreams”. Still, freedom did not come without opposition.


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As a result of the 13 colonies revolutionary movement, a global war was sparked over conquered lands between allied European forces. When we celebrate the 4th of July, we are truly celebrating the human spirit of striving to live with meaning and purpose freely, while opposing conquest and control. We honor those who had the courage to stand up for what they believe in and united an underserved people. This is the true essence of what it means to live in the land of the free which has implications for global and national crises today.

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Enjoy the holiday, but remember and respect what it represents to us as Americans and to many across the world who are still undergoing their own revolutionary process.

Still looking for a place to catch the Fireworks on Oahu? Check out this blog post!

Thanks for reading and be sure to check back for more later this week :) 

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