In his message celebrating Independence Day, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, encouraged Americans to set aside time to re-read the text of the Declaration of Independence.

“It remains as profound and relevant today, as when Thomas Jefferson wrote it in 1776,” Cruz explained.

Citing the Declaration, Cruz reminded Americans that their rights were endowed by their Creator, not kings, or queens, or presidents.

Cruz added that the Fourth of July was the “quintessential American holiday” as the nation was united in celebration.

“While we may see the world in very different ways, we are all united on this day in striving to build and maintain that shining city on a hill,” he said.