July 4th is the day of Independence Day celebrations. The day marks the anniversary of the Second Continental Congress adopting the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Americans began celebrating soon after the official signing of the document. However, July 4th became a popular holiday after the war of 1812. Now, Americans look forward to purchasing fireworks and preparing delicious favorites to honor the day that highlights freedom. So make sure to wish your neighbor a happy Independence Day, especially if they are veterans who fought for American citizens to enjoy these special rights.
History of Independence Day in America
In America's thirteen colonies, England's King forced taxation without representation from the people, which caused a rebellion against the British parliament. The Second Continental Congress committee was formed to combat the unreasonable request from the King. Famous men such as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams were on the committee. As a result, many changes were made associated with the new profound document, The Declaration of Independence.
By the 1870s, celebrating the 4th of July was common and anticipated. Congress passed a law-making Independence Day a federal holiday during this point in time. Americans take the day to appreciate the history and rebellion that encouraged and equipped America with freedom. In addition, families and friends gather to celebrate our military and veterans who have sacrificed their lives to fight for the continuance of the document and America’s privileges.
What Are Some Ways to Honor Veterans?
There are various ways to honor veterans and maintain this American tradition. Although certain dilemmas like COVID-19 have caused society to refrain from embracing traditions like gathering together to celebrate with loved ones on Independence Day, it’s always a gracious and cherishable gift to acknowledge someone for their hard work.
To show appreciation for the meaning of Independence Day, here are some ways to honor veterans:
- Create a veterans care package
- Visit a local veterans’ memorial
- Express apparition on social media
- Visit or call the veterans in your family
- Donate to veteran shelters or organizations
- Write thank-you notes to veterans in shelters or nursing homes
There are family support services available to those who may have a veteran family member who is going through substance abuse or a co-occurring disorder. Many veterans will use drugs as a coping mechanism after war or service. If you want to help veterans in the celebration of Independence Day, speak to a professional at a local wellness center and find out how you can help!
Banyan’s Military & Veterans in Recovery Program
At Banyan Treatment Centers, we understand the struggles faced by service members, veterans, and their families. We show our appreciation on the 4th of July by providing the Military & Veterans in Recovery program for those seeking treatment for addiction and mental health. We offer special programs like drug detox and art therapy so veterans can freely express themselves during the treatment process. Our experienced medical staff is prepared to design therapy plans that will best suit our patients’ recovery goals.
Don’t wait. Speak to a specialist about our Military & Veterans in Recovery program by calling 888-280-4763 and asking about our beneficial levels of care to get started today! Happy Independence Day from the team at Banyan!