Independence is not possible without inter-dependence. Freedom does not exist without sensing our interconnection with everything else. "The self is made of non-self elements," the Buddhists say. Each of us could not have taken our first breath without the complex web of life that produces oxygen, DNA, food, language, shelter and clothing. At every moment this intricate network supports our every thought, word and action.
Celebrating our independence is really celebration our awareness of inter-dependence. The kingly mindset believe it is separate from the rest of life. It pretends to lord over the world it thinks it owns. To free ourselves from the illusion that we are each separate selves disconnected from the whole is to remember that we do not exist without the whole.
For me, celebrating Independence Day is to celebrate my inter-dependence with you and the rest of life. Enjoy your celebration!