Have a fun and safe July 4th!

On Monday, July 4, America will be celebrating its 240th birthday.

A tired and restless Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia voted on July 2, 1776 to approve a resolution of independence. Two days later, the Congress adopted the official Declaration of Independence. Their actions would change the world.

In this video, Sen. John Proos recounts this courageous act of liberty and encourages families to have fun enjoying the holiday.

Many people will come together to honor America, take in Independence Day parades and fireworks displays or just gather together with friends and family for picnics or barbecues.

The Michigan Senate Republicans also encourage everyone to make the celebration a safe one.

Please keep in mind some simple fireworks and summer safety tips, such as:

• Never giving sparklers to young children and closely monitoring older children;
• Always keeping kids and pets at a safe distance from fireworks;
• Never trying to re-light or pick up fireworks that malfunction; and
• Dousing completed fireworks with plenty of water from a bucket or hose.

For more information on fireworks safety, visit www.cpsc.gov/fireworks.

This week, and throughout the summer, remember to use sunscreen — especially on young children — and drinking plenty of water.

The Fourth of July is a joyous time to celebrate our freedoms, show our pride in our country and remember the declaration proclaimed more than two centuries ago that started it all.

Please remember that a fun Independence Day celebration starts with making sure that it’s a safe one.