Independence DayIt is important to recognize significant events in one’s life and the life of one’s country.  As a result, the Fourth of July is a particularly important date in our family.  Not only is it the national day of my adopted homeland, it is also the birthday of my older daughter, Savannah.

As you know, July 4th commemorates the signing and adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which declared the 13 north American colonies independence from Great Britain.  This act initiated The American Revolutionary War which was not won until 1783.  What you may not know, is that the War for Independence also played a part in the first English settlement of Australia (my native homeland) in 1788. Therefore Independence day is even more important to our family.

Today Independence Day is associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies.  We have been fortunate to participate in the celebrations on five continents.  The most impressive celebration we have witnessed as a family was in Washington D.C.  In 1995, along with 500,000 people, we watched a spectacular fireworks display which featured the Lincoln Memorial as the backdrop.  This was also the first time that Savannah realized an entire country celebrated her birthday!

This year Eva, Savannah, Madison and I want to give you a small treat.  Please click here to watch online celebration of Independence Day.  Happy Fourth of July!