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The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from colonial rule, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

The United States formed as a place for individual rights and independence from having our government dictate to us what could and could not be done, unless it was within the powers of the Federal Government.  That is why the Tenth Amendment states:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

The Decentralization of power is key to maintaining independence of the United States of America.  That is what makes the rule of law in the United States so unique.  Even our Founding Documents celebrate diversity and unity through that diversity.   We celebrate the diversity of the citizenry and that of the rights of each state to determine the Rule of Law of the state they govern.   This allows the citizens of this fine land to live under the Rule of Law they so such, all while jointly living under the umbrella of protection from the United States of America.

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