… And the Pursuit of Happiness.

Understanding the Founding Documents of America builds the life skills of good citizenship!

… And the Pursuit of Happiness.

How do you celebrate Independence Day? We enjoy great friends, good food, target practice, and of course fireworks! We also make time- after the food and before the fireworks- to enjoy listening to my husband read outload the Declaration of Indepedence!

What is the difference between the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence?

  • The Constitution is the Rule Book of America
  • The Declaration of Independence is what we as American’s believe!

Take a look at our nation’s past history of Independence Day Celebrations and you’ll see that reading the Declaration of Independence was an important part of American history and that having the Declaration memorized – learned by heart– was also an expectation.

The Declaration of Independence reiterates the point and purpose of civil government: that all men, created equal, have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

 

 

This Independence Day

  1. Read the Declaration of Independence out loud to whomever is gathered with you
  2. Go over it a few times first, to get used to the language and rhythm..
  3. Read the names of the signers of the Declaration and pause for a moment to reflect on the fact that they were willing to forfeit their lives, families and future for the idea of founding a new and Godly nation, where all peoples were able to pursue happiness.
  4. Declare yourselves Americans, dedicated to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!

Additional Resources

Eudaimonia, also spelled eudaemonia, in Aristotelian ethics, the condition of human flourishing or of living well

Little Town on the Prairie, Chapter 8: Fourth of July Celebration

The Origins of the Pursuits of Happiness by Carlie Conklin

The Pursuit of Happiness in the Founding Era by Carlie Conklin

Celebrate Fourth of July! 

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Check out our Podcast series on Natural Law, which goes into deeper detail on the importance of the ideals American was founded on.

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