Remove the 4th of July as a National Holiday

Remove the 4th of July as a National Holiday

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Hello!

First off allow me to preface this with kindness and say that I hope you're having a good day. 

But let's cut to the chase here, shall we?

Independence Day, better known simply as the 4th of July, celebrates (and quite frankly, over-glorifies) outdated American ideals. Ones that now go against what we as Americans should be standing for now. Especially due to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, people are now waking up and realizing the flaws in not only the justice system, but the cracks in the country as a whole as well. The foundations of this nation were racially (and gender) biased. Of the signatories in the Declaration of Independence themselves, 41 of the 56 men were slave owners. Roughly 73%. 

The great abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass stated, "This 4th of July is yours, not mine, You may rejoice, I must mourn" ('What to the Slave is the 4th of July?). The Declaration and the original point of this holiday was to commemorate freedoms that were specifically given to white males. It was to give minorities, especially African-Americans, a disadvantage. Since during that time, they were not even considered actual American citizens. Black people were considered property and nothing more than objects to most individuals. 

And although about 76% of Americans plan to celebrate this year, (compared to the ~24% who have reported they will not celebrate), most simply plan on having a cookout or by buying additional 'patriotic' materials. According to National Retail Federation, this is about $76 in spending for the average individual planning on celebrating. And as of last year, the holiday spending at the national level was at 6.7 billion dollars. The holiday has now generated into a 'cashgrab' (for lack of a better word) from companies rather than actually utilizing the day to learn about the creation of this country. 

And to close this, I understand how naive and radical it is of me to have this ideal. Feel free to further educate me if needed, (my username is @perplexitea on Instagram if you care to share anything with me) I'm more than willing to learn. But to me, this holiday celebrates an America that was and still is, very broken. It was based on ignorance and inequality. 

I'm almost 17 years old, and I dream of a future for myself and possibly my children, where we do not praise that past. Instead we acknowledge it and learn from the mistakes of those before us. 

I am also already well aware that this quite possibly will not generate an actual change in the eyes of Congress. At the very least, I want this to be the topic and start of an actual conversation. 

Also, here are some alternatives rather than simply banning the holiday as a whole:

1. Celebrating Independence Day on the 2nd of July, considering it's the day that marks legal separation from Great Britain by The Second Continental Congress. Thus, it would actually then mark independence rather than focusing on outdated ideals. 

2. Not removing the holiday, but instead having companies and those in power officially recognize and educate the general public (and possible consumers) about the history of the country and what they can actively do to make it better. A more 'think before you celebrate and/or buy' approach. 

Thank you in advance for reading and taking the time to notice this. I appreciate it more than you know. 

And as I started this, allow me to end this with kindness, remember to take care of yourself and to continue to be safe. 

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