July 4, 2017 marks the 241st anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. With this document, the Continental Congress declared on July 4, 1776 that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation. Independence Day was born.
This brave act, regarded as Treason by the British government who ruled the colonies, would change the course of history and create unforeseen, profound changes in the world. Just imagine how different things could be today if not for the involvement of the United States in the two world wars.
It is easy today to take for granted the march to freedom and the creation of this great political experiment. However, at the time of the declaration, this rag-tag group of colonies, each of whom had their own ideas of how to govern and were by no means a cohesive unit, had just picked a fight with the most powerful nation on the face of the earth. The fight was not an easy one, but in the end, the United States prevailed due to the brilliance of its leaders and tenacity of those fighting for freedom.
Here are a couple of fun facts about Independence Day you might not know:
Though historians differ on the number, it is almost certain that the Declaration of Independence was signed by only one or two members of the Continental Congress on July 4th. John Hancock, with his famously large signature, signed it on the 4th, with most members signing in mid-August.
Only two signers of the Declaration of Independence – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson - later served as President of the United States. Coincidentally, both Adams and Jefferson died on July 4, 1826.
In 1776, there were 2.5 Million people living in the new nation, less than the current population of Oklahoma. Today, there are over 315 Million people living in the United States.
We call our company First Liberty for many reasons. One of the important reasons is as tribute to this great nation and the freedom that it allows. The founders of the company recognized that without this “First Liberty”, declared by our forefathers 241 years ago, none of the things we have accomplished today would have been possible.
We at First Liberty Bank wish you a happy, healthy, and safe Independence Day 2017.
Please don't hesitate to contact me at 405.608.1903 or firstname.lastname@example.org if there is anything I can do for you.
Joey P. Root
President & CEO