The custom of listening to patriotic speeches on Independence Day seems to have died out. The next best thing—or maybe a better alternative—is to read about how the United States came to be and the ideals that inspired its Founders.
Here are links to material I think worth reading.
Speech on Conciliation With the Colonies by Edmund Burke to the House of Commons on March 22, 1775.
Edmund Burke gave all the reasons why Britain’s American colonists had such a powerful love of freedom and independence that any attempt to suppress them would be futile. Reading this made me feel proud and grateful to be an American.
Common Sense by Thomas Paine, published on February 14, 1776.
Thomas Paine’s arguments helped convince Britain’s American colonists that they should become an independent nation.
The Declaration of Independence – In Congress, July 4, 1776
King George’s response to both houses of Parliament on October 31, 1776.
The American Crisis – Chapter One by Thomas Paine on December 23, 1776.
Thomas Paine’s writings reminded George Washington’s Continental troops what they were fighting for.
George Washington reflected on the past and future of the nation he helped found.