Happy 4th of July! Today is Independence Day in America, my adopted home.
When I looked up Independence Day on Wikipedia I saw a long list of places that celebrate independence. What a happy thought! To be autonomous and free! The 4th of July celebrates the Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4th, 1776, when thirteen American colonies declared themselves independent and no longer part of the British empire.
George Washington, the country’s first president, celebrated the 4th by giving his troops double rations of rum. So raise a toast to Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!