Founding Fathers, Firecrackers, and a Four year old

Freedom isn’t Permanent

On July 4th, 1826, 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Founding FathersIndependence, two of the founding fathers died just hours of each other, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson the second and third presidents of the United States. James Madison died just 5 years later on the same day, July 4th. Each man played a central role in establishing the United States.

3 founding father died on July 4th, what an amazing coincidence. As I was watching the fireworks with my four year old granddaughter Haley May, I was reminded that some day she will be doing the same thing with her kids—celebrating our freedom and honoring the past. Jefferson, Adams, and Madison were watching the sky light up in the conflict. Now they and the generations after them are gone and it is up to us to remind those coming after us of the freedom we have.

What I learned from 3 founding fathers dying on the same day


Remember the day.

  1. The price each paid

What the day represents.

  1. Freedom
  2. Independence
  3. Interdependence

The success of the day is not permanent.

  1. The price paid by our founding fathers continues to be paid today.
  2. Freedom isn’t permanent

Make the day my own.

  1. This is not my father’s freedom, country, or life
  2. This is my freedom, country, and life
  3. I will fight for it!!!

Question:  What have you learned from celebrating our freedom?