Independance Day and Freemasonry

Not that I believe many of my brothers need a history lesson, but I do believe that some may need to be reminded, if not the public at large. We tend to lean heavily on our famous members of the Craft when we speak to other men about Freemasonry, especially a man interested in the Craft. It almost predictable the conversation quickly turns to a listing of famous members, most long gone to that celestial lodge above. Invariably the founding fathers are particularly emphasized.

Why not? These men created a new nation, something never seen before. Although not perfect, probably the best form of government ever devised in the annals of all civilization. The beauty of the system is that it is not static and can evolve and improve. Those same founding fathers were insistent that the framework in which they labored over for years, be flexible and malleable enough to adapt to human civil society as society changed. We know from what has come before, that it does change, although slowly sometimes and then sometime radically.

So, what could have driven these men. Had they been unsuccessful they would have lost all, including their lives, in taking on at was at that time the most powerful military in the world. As we know many were Freemasons, not all, probably not even a plurality. One cannot deny the influence of our Brothers was there, there in the writing of the Declaration of Independance, the Constitution and many of our founding documents. If we look at a portion of the Declaration of Independance, it seems evident to me that if not directly Masonic, definitely influenced but Freemason ideology.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

The Declaration goes on from here basically as hate mail to King George III, as it then goes on to list his injustices, “usurpations” and abuses, at least as the colonists saw it. In essence these “cheeky” men were challenging the most powerful nation on the planet to a duel. The above paragraph is the idea that governments and rulers do not have a God given right to govern as was well thought and established in Europe and most of the world at that time. No in fact the governed gave that right to the ruler and could remove that ruler if they so choose. This was the radical idea that turn hundreds and hundreds of years of history and tradition on its head. These men that we see in paintings as so astute and stoic, were indeed rebels, radical rebels at that. They did not believe in anarchy and new there had to be a ruling government, however this government should be chosen by the people. They knew that the government needed to be established and ready to go if they happen to succeed and break free of what they deemed


Its and established fact that out of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independance, 14 were known Freemasons. Although it’s principal author, Thomas Jefferson, was not. The audacity and bravado of these men in retrospect is on full display if you look that the signatures. The most prominent is that of John Hancock. Hancock was the President of the Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776, and as such was the first to sign the document. His signature stands out from the rest as it was rumored that Hancock when asked about this said that he signed it so that King George could read his signature without spectacles. Indeed, Hancock could be counted as the nation’s first President. It was also rumored that a bounty was placed on Hancock’s head when the document reached the British government.

Other prominent Freemasons of course played pivotal role in forming and shaping the newly founded United States of America. So, July 4th is the date that was chosen to celebrate the country’s independence. But the Declaration was just the opening act, it took 7 long years until the treaty of Paris was signed and the British empire recognized American independence. September 3, 1783, to be precise. So why July 4th? In effect we are actually celebrating the opening act of rebellion, not actual independence. So, Independence Day should be “Declaring Independence Day”. I imagine this would be too long to use as a salutation on July 4th, so shortened to Happy Independance Day.

Either way this is a day for all Americans to come together to show pride in the nation that has endured and grown through the centuries. As we gather in backyard and parks to BBQ and enjoy the day with friends and family, always consider the sacrifices made by those that came before us to secure those freedoms and liberties.

Happy Independance Day to all!

Brothers and friends,

Happy Independance Day! As we celebrate the birth of our nation this July 4th, please take a moment to remember all those who conceived of and brought forth this great nation. The sacrifices made and lives lost in achieving our independence.  Enjoy the festivities and always give thanks to the brave men and woman who built this country.

In just a few weeks we will be having out Lodge BBQ and just before that, a Summoned Communication of Riverhead and Peconic Lodges jointly. The Communiation will commence at 10 am and the BBQ will kick off at 12 noon. Hopefully we’ll have a lot to celebrate as our two lodges come together in unity.

I am looking forward to seeing many members of both lodge and their families at the BBQ and enjoying the day.

From the South July 2024

Hi Brothers, I would like to congratulate all the appointed and elected officers of Smithtown Lodge. As a retread Junior Warden, I ‘m planning some unique culinary delights for this year. I know, it will be a tuff act to follow trying to out cook Ed and our New Master Bill when they were Junior Wardens. But, I will give it a hell of a try. As Junior Warden and with approval of Worshipful Bill Hanson, I would like to have a few training meetings at lodge this year to go over the Marshal’s floor work for upcoming degrees. I will still be working with W:. Frank Ida carrying out our North Star duties and we both will be mentoring all new candidates applying for membership to Smithtown Lodge. As V:. W:. I will be doing a lot of traveling with in the district and any Brother(s) from our lodge are welcome to travel with me if they would care too. I will say, that I will not miss any of Smithtown’s meeting’s as part of my new A.G.L. position. My first a foremost duty is to our Blue lodge and I will the there too for fill my elected duty as your Junior Warden. During this Masonic year, I’m sill planning to visit my sister down in Florida a few times but, I will schedule my tips around Blue lodge meetings. That said, have great summer my Brothers and will see you guy’s at some of a summer events.


Stu Smith J. W.

The post From the South July 2024 first appeared on Smithtownlodge1127.

From the West July 2024

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Brothers who have enjoyed the menu while in the South. As we move forward to the West, I am excited for the upcoming year.
Although we won’t have regular communications, we will still host a Cigar and Bourbon Barbecue. Additionally, I hope to organize another form of a unity event.
Senior Warden,
Edward Matuszak

The post From the West July 2024 first appeared on Smithtownlodge1127.

From the East July 2024


I am deeply honored to have been installed as the Master of our Lodge, and I look forward to leading us through a year of growth, fellowship, and Masonic enlightenment. As we embark on this new chapter together, I am deeply mindful of the profound responsibilities entrusted to me as your Master. I am committed to upholding the values and traditions of Freemasonry and our Lodge, and I am grateful for the support of each one of you in our journey ahead.

The Spirit of Independence

As we approach the celebration of Independence Day, it is fitting to reflect on the profound connection between Freemasonry and the birth of our nation. Many of the Founding Fathers, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and John Hancock, were Freemasons. Their Masonic values of liberty, equality, and fraternity greatly influenced the principles upon which the United States was founded.

One particularly poignant story is that of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The room was filled with tension and uncertainty, as the act of signing this document was an act of treason against the British Crown. John Hancock, a prominent Freemason, was the first to sign. He boldly wrote his name in large, clear letters, declaring that he wanted King George to be able to read it without his spectacles. His bravery and commitment to the cause of freedom exemplify the Masonic virtues of courage and integrity.

As we celebrate this July 4th, let us remember the contributions of our Masonic brethren to the founding of our nation. Let their example inspire us to live by our Masonic principles and to strive for a more just and equitable society.

Final Thoughts:

Brethren, as we gather to celebrate our nation’s independence and continue our Masonic journey together, let us renew our commitment to our values and to each other. I look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming events and working together to make this a memorable and successful year for our Lodge.

Fraternally yours,

William Hanson Worshipful Master

The post From the East July 2024 first appeared on Smithtownlodge1127.