Independence Day is one of the holidays I rather like. Many that have no religious roots are simply celebrations of government or a government figure. Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day have devolved into orgies of military worship. Labor Day was basically a holiday to celebrate unions and now it’s just an excuse to not perform any labor for a day. Presidents’ Day is where we’re taught how great presidents are especially the ones that started wars or passed the most laws.
However, Independence Day is not, strictly speaking, a celebration of the US Government. The Washington regime we currently suffer under was not formed on July 4, 1776. That would be 1788 when the Constitution was ratified. Rather, This holiday marks the day that thirteen separate states declared their independence from the British Empire. It’s a celebration of decentralization, and that is almost always something worth celebrating.
Many of the Founding Fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence went onto serve in the eventual US government that was officially created twelve years later. So in that sense it’s a founding document of that same government. But most, if not all of these men would certainly be disgusted with the monstrosity that Washington, DC morphed into.
I find it interesting that the media and many politicians have taken to calling this day simply “The Fourth of July.” I believe this is done with a purpose in mind. They want this holiday to be thought of as the birth of the current United State, rather than the actual history which is several states seceding from a larger central government mainly to lower their tax burden.
I prefer to celebrate the tax rebellion. Sometimes I think we need another one.