As I'm listening to the fireworks going off around my neighborhood, it occurred to me that the Fourth of July is not just a day to make noise and watch pyrotechnics. I think people forget it's the day the thirteen English colonies in the New World adopted the Declaration of Independence, putting them on the path to war with the British. The war for Independence formally ended in 1783 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris and the formation of an independent country. This was quite a feat for the American patriots, who were more like David vs. Goliath. The United States, as the colonies eventually became, grew and stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean and from Mexico to Canada. We need to remember how far we've gone. We need to be proud of our country and the fact that we're Americans. Everyday should be celebrated, not just on July 4th.