Today, families across Alabama and the country celebrate the birth of the greatest nation on Earth, the United States of America. 239 years ago our Founding Fathers 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. Senator Richard Shelby:
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-01):
The 4th of July is an opportunity to reflect on what makes our nation great. Only in America can people like Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, the Wright brothers, and Steve Jobs come from the humblest of beginnings and go on to become Presidents and famous inventors simply by having the vision and working industriously toward their goal. I love America because we are a nation built on the twin principles of freedom and opportunity, and I wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day!
U.S. Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02):
Happy Fourth of July Weekend to you and your family! I hope you’re able to spend time with loved ones and enjoy a long weekend. But, as we celebrate over cookouts, outdoor fun and, of course, fireworks, let’s pause to remember the true meaning of Independence Day and how blessed we are to enjoy the freedoms we have.
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-03):
Wishing everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July as we celebrate the birth of our great nation.
U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (AL-04)
I hope you all have a safe and blessed 4th of July weekend.
U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (AL-06):
“Why I love America”
I love America because it truly is a land of opportunity. I know that, because I grew up in a low-income household in a small rural town and, despite the fact that we had little money, I became the first person on either side of my family to attend college. There are millions of stories just like mine where, through hard work, discipline, and sheer determination, individuals from all kinds of backgrounds have gone on to make great lives for themselves and, in the process, had a great impact on their families, neighborhoods and even the nation.
I also love being an American. Being an American has nothing to do with blood or dirt or race or religion. Being an American is all about what we believe, about embracing ideals … that all men are created equal, that our rights are endowed to us by God and that government exists to protect those rights. These are the ideals of free people, independent people, and it is these ideals that we celebrate on Independence Day and that have made us an exceptional nation which I am proud to serve.
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07):
AL Attorney General Luther Strange:
Some Alabamians have already begun celebrating the 4th, as seen in this photo of the fireworks Friday night in Alexander City. Wherever you are this July 4th – on the beach, the lake, the river or in the park – remember to enjoy it SAFELY! From the Tennessee River to the Gulf Beaches, Happy 4th of July!