Governor Mills: I wish you and your loved ones a safe and Happy Fourth of July Weekend.

June 30, 2022

In 1826, fifty years after we had become united, free and independent states, former President Thomas Jefferson declared “Let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them."

As we celebrate Independence Day, we reflect today on the birth of our nation and the rights enshrined at the dawn of America. We remember how we have fought to advance our rights throughout our history to move us closer to equality for every citizen. And we recommit to the work we must still do, especially as some seek to turn back the hard-won progress we have made.

Hello, this is Governor Janet Mills and thank you for listening.

What binds us is a belief – that all people are created equal, that we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

That is a promise we keep regardless of a person’s religion or race, geography or gender, political party or personal beliefs.

In the wake of the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strip the fundamental rights of women, we will rise to defend them in Maine and restore them nationwide. And with an undiminished devotion to the dream of America, we will push to enshrine those rights so they are never again threatened.

As we gather with friends, family, and neighbors this holiday weekend, we remember the promise of our nation, we reflect on the sacrifice of service members who protect our freedom, and we recommit to building a fairer, freer nation for us all.

Let this day remind us of what we can accomplish when we unite in defense of the freedom and independence of our people.

I wish you and your loved ones a safe and Happy Fourth of July Weekend.

I am Governor Janet Mills and thank you for listening.