Legacy is important and the legacy of the United States is a strong and powerful legacy that influences every one of us. This July 4th impart unto your children the importance of where we came from and how we got here. Here are some thought starters.
Not everyone on this planet lives in a free country. Some governments control their people and don't allow the people who live there to decide where they want to live, what they want to do, and who they want to be. America was created on the fundamental principle of freedom. The Declaration of Independence states that men were endowed by their creator with the right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Some countries in the world are ruled with monarchies or rulers that decide for everyone what is best for the people. In America our founding fathers created a democracy in which the people hold the rights to elect our representatives and to vote on the things we are think are important. While there are despots and power hungry people everywhere, in America the people have the power to elect people to power and remove them when we feel they don't speak for us common good.
The first ten amendments to the United States Constitution are called the Bill of Rights. The bill of rights are very unique to the United States as they guarantee basic freedoms that are protected at the very core of our system. The bill of rights guarantees each person's freedom to worship, speech, press, assembly, the right to bear arms, protects us from the quartering of troops in private residences, search and seizure, the right to due process, a jury of peers, a speedy and public trial, protection from cruel and unusual punishment, and more.
And finally I think it is worth sharing and teaching our children that this country was founded with the help of divine power and intervention. While we protect every person's ability to believe what they wish or nothing at all we also should recognize that only under the direction of “Providence” and divine power was the “American experiment” able to take place and flourish. The winning of the revolutionary war was about as likely and predicable as the sun not coming up tomorrow morning. This country was meant to be.