Traditionally the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 3, 1776 is celebrated as the birthday of the United States of America.
You can read the text of this remarkable document and it’s worth reading. So much of what we hold dear in America started there. In addition to the Declaration of Independence that page, which is from of National Archives, you’ll find the text and historical information about all the documents that make up what are known as the Charters of Freedom.
Each year the Declaration is read aloud on National Public Radio by various voices. Every time I listen I’m moved to tears of gratitude.
Yesterday on On Being, I heard a conversation with Jacob Needleman about his new book, The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders. I’m truly looking forward to reading that book.
The painting is of course by John Trumbull. I found it through a creative commons search at barefootsworld which has a whole bunch of interesting snippets about the document and the events surrounding it.
Enjoy the holiday!