Lifting Up California’s Fight to Protect Freedom, Governor Newsom Proclaims Independence Day

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today issued a proclamation declaring July 4, 2022, as Independence Day in the State of California.

The text of the proclamation and a copy can be found below:


Each year on the Fourth of July, we celebrate the day our founders stood up to tyranny and formed a new nation founded on the principles of equality, freedom and opportunity. Since then, Americans have fought and died to safeguard the promise of our democracy and all of its ideals.

At its founding, however, America did not guarantee equality, freedom and opportunity to all. The struggles and triumphs of generations of Americans have continued our progress toward this goal – and the work is far from over. Throughout the country and across the board, relentless attacks are underway to weaken and erase our fundamental rights and freedoms, threatening to undo decades of hard-won progress we’ve made as a nation.

California will never back down from the fight to protect freedom. We will protect women’s reproductive freedom, defend the freedoms and rights of our LGBTQ community, and continue our work to ensure all Californians live free from fear of gun violence, and are free to breathe clean air, access health care and pursue their dreams. California will continue to lead the way toward fully realizing our nation’s founding ideals.

As we celebrate July Fourth, let us pay tribute to those in uniform, our civil rights leaders, advocates and others who have made great strides to safeguard liberty and equality, and recognize the urgent work ahead of us to create a more perfect union. At this critical juncture, let us recommit to keeping the dream of this country alive for all Americans.

NOW THEREFORE I, GAVIN NEWSOM, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim July 4, 2022, as “Independence Day.”

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 1st day of July 2022.

Governor of California

Secretary of State