Today Alabama families gather with friends and neighbors, march in parades, fire up grills and enjoy fireworks displays at night. , and join citizens across the Yellowhammer State and country in raising their American flags to honor the patriots who, 240 years ago, risked it all and declared their independence in hopes of creating a nation of liberty, freedom, and endless opportunity for all.
Here are some Independence Day messages from elected officials in Alabama:
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby:
Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Independence Day. May we remember the men and women in uniform who fight for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.
Alabama 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne:
I hope you and your family have a fun and safe 4th of July! I hope you will be sure to take time this weekend to reflect on what exactly it means to be an American. I recorded this short video message to share my thoughts on this important occasion.
Alabama 2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby:
On this #FourthofJuly, 240 years since our county’s founding, may we remember the words of those founders who “mutually pledge[d]to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor” to start a new way of life based on self-determination.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government…”
Happy Independence Day!
Alabama 3rd District U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers:
Happy Fourth of July!
Alabama 4th District U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt:
This 4th of July I hope that you take time to celebrate our freedom and remember that it truly is not free. And as these great drone videos show, there is no better place to celebrate this holiday weekend than right here in Alabama’s 4th Congressional District.
Alabama 5th District U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks:
The celebration of the #FourthofJuly looks different across our great nation, yet we unify under the principle of liberty. This Independence Day, I look forward to spending time with my wife, children, and grandchildren. I hope that you enjoy time with your loved ones as we remember the sacrifices of those who work so hard to preserve this hard-earned liberty.
Alabama 6th District U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer:
Happy Fourth of July! I hope you and your family have a great time celebrating Independence Day and may God bless America.
Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey:
Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Fourth of July! Thank you to our men and women in the Armed Forces for their sacrifice to protect and preserve our freedoms.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange:
Have a happy and safe Independence Day weekend. I’m proud to call Alabama home, and I know we’re all proud to call America home. Have a great weekend!