If my readers outside the United States will bear with me for a post:
Dear Americans: Take a moment in your celebrations to remember what we’re celebrating:
“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.”
Picnics and fireworks are nice. Civil rights are better.
Image courtesy of the Missouri State Archives