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Happy 4th of July!

   July 3rd, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

Just wanted to wish everybody a Happy 4th of July and I hope everyone enjoys themselves. As I’m sure you all know, July 4th celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the day when our country broke all ties to England and declared itself a free nation. Of course, becoming a free nation involves a lot more than just signing a piece of paper. Our liberty had to be won through years of hardship and war. America’s founders understood that freedom is a gift from God, but those freedoms are never freely given to us in this world. We have to fight for them and continually guard them.

Some interesting facts about July 4th, even though it celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, that signing wasn’t completed until August of 1776. The very first Independence Day celebration actually took place on July 8th, 1776; but it was celebrated on July 4th every year after that until it finally became a legal holiday in 1941. The Declaration of Independence was signed late in the afternoon, on July 4th, 1776, after going through several revisions. Of the 13 colonies, 9 voted in favor of it, 2 voted against it (Pennsylvania and South Carolina), Delaware was undecided and New York abstained. Even though Pennsylvania voted against the Declaration, the first newspaper to print it was the Pennsylvania Evening Post, on July 6th, 1776, and the entire document was first read aloud to the public in Philadelphia’s Independence Square, on July 8th, 1776. Just thought I would share some interesting facts about the July 4th holiday itself.

Finally, I wanted to say “THANK YOU” to all the troops serving overseas. Without your sacrifice we couldn’t continue to be a free country. Stay safe out there, we’re all praying for you and for your safe return.

I hope everyone has a great 4th of July. -matt

11 Responses to “Happy 4th of July!”

Hoffman Says:

Good post Matt. Speaking about people people in the military have you talked to Marcus Luttrell lately?
Hope he is doing fine, after what happened to his dog.

Ken McKinley Says:

Happy Independence Day to you as well

gerry Says:

i was wondering when you were getting round to putting up your training regime leading up to the serra fight,as you said on your 98 blog.happy independence day to you and your family

John King Says:

Happy 4th to you and your family. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate what you do for us fans. I hope to meet you at your gym or wherever I get a chance to someday. God Bless. John

JB Says:

Anybody who thinks freedom is free is dumb!!

SPC Samuel J Hiemstra Says:

Just wanted to say thanks to you for all you do for the US Military. I’m currently serving in Afghanistan. I’m a Military Police Officer in the US Army. I can say I really respect you for the values you display on a daily basis to our God and Country. I’m also motivated to keep pushing on as a fellow 30 something ;-} It’s not easy keepin’ up with these younger soldiers, but if you can still hang with ‘em in the ring, I can still hang with ‘em in the sand!! Hooah! Happy 4th!!

T.J. McClaskey Says:

thanks matt, as a veteran myself, i hold dear the celebration of the 4th. those were interesting facts. the liberty bell is also located in pennsylvania just a few miles from independence park…kinda ironic isnt it

Curran Jacobs Says:

Excellent Post. I strongly agree with what you said about Freedom being a gift from “God.” And we do have to fight for our freedoms and continually guard them, Nicely said. It’s been a while Coach Hughes, I hope you and your family are well.

Kimberly Says:


Do you think obama celebrated our holiday, or just apologized for our country having such a holiday? I shouldn’t say that about our president, but he makes me so angry when he does some of the things he does. All the men, from many generations in my family and many other families have fought and given their lives up for us to be able to celebrate the 4th of July. Yet the man representing our country has never served in our military. I don’t understand it. Oh well, now that I vented! Hope you and your family has had a very nice holiday. I bet you took out that new atv and broke it in over the holiday didn’t you? Take care and GOD be with you and your family.




Tagger Says:

Matt great site, good post. Just want to quibble with your last statement: while many if not most of the US troops overseas serve for the right reasons, the mission itself has nothing to do with freedom and in fact is far more imperialistic and evil than what the 13 colonies broke away from Britain for. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington wrote extensively as to why they would oppose these kind of imperial overseas adventures that destroy the liberty the US fought so hard for.

Other than that, love your blog, and your insights around the fight game you have given so much to.

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