PROOS: Celebrate the birth of liberty this Independence Day

Published 8:10 am Wednesday, June 27, 2018

On July 2, 1776, a tired and restless Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia voted to approve a resolution of independence.

Two days later, the official Declaration of Independence was adopted and the famous words written by Thomas Jefferson were read aloud to the public: “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.”

With brave voices, our founding fathers risked their lives and those of their families and friends to stand up against injustice and tyranny. Their actions would change the world.

To commemorate this courageous act of liberty, we celebrate Independence Day each July 4.

As southwest Michigan families join with their communities to honor America, I encourage everyone to make this Fourth of July a safe one.

While celebrating at parades or gathering together with friends and family for a picnic, please keep summer safety tips in mind, such as being safe around fireworks, using sunscreen (especially on young kids) and drinking plenty of water.

For area families and tourists interested in watching a local fireworks display over the holiday, I am proud to once again offer a list of fireworks shows in Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties on my website at

Let us also take time to remember the founding ideals behind this celebration. The principles of liberty and self-determination were at the heart of our founding, have shaped our representative form of limited government and will guide the decisions of future generations.

The Fourth of July is a time to gather with family and friends to celebrate our freedom, our country and the declaration that started it all more than two centuries ago.

I hope you all have a fun and safe Independence Day, and may God continue to bless America.

JOHN PROOS, R-St. Joseph, represents the 21st District, which includes Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties.