It’s the Independence Day weekend!

While it’s a time for cookouts and fireworks –

It’s also time to remember what we’re celebrating.

On July 4th, 1776 –

The Continental Congress –

Adopted the final language of The Declaration of Independence.

The document included these words:

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.

Those words marked the beginning of a new nation.

They shaped our past –

And should guide our future.

While the Declaration of Independence talks about “rights” –

It also implies responsibility.

That includes celebrating responsibly.

Don’t drink and drive.

Don’t speed.

Keep yourself – and others – safe –

So you can celebrate again next year.