What do you call the holiday that we're coming up on here in the U.S.? Most Americans refer to it simply as "The Fourth of July." That has bugged me for a long time. Well, "bugged" is a bit strong. I just don't like it as much as "Independence Day." There is no inherent meaning behind "The Fourth of July." Inherently, it's just another one of the 365 (or 366) days of the year.
Independence Day, on the other hand, stands for something - independence. It's why we celebrate the day. I would guess that most of America never really thinks about why we're lighting off fireworks and parading down Main Street America on this day every year. My guess is they're more interested in making sure their burgers are barbecued "well done" than why the Declaration of Independence actually says.
I wonder how many Americans could not articulate what the holiday actually means and why we celebrate it.
Me, though, I'll be thinking long and hard about independece and freedom, and what those mean to my life. They mean a lot.