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07-01-2007, 10:46 PM #1
Happy Independence Day!
Happy Independence Day!
I know, I am an hour and a quarter early, but I don't know if I'm going to be up until midnight, and I thought it would be better to post this 75 minutes early rather than 9-10 hours late.
What's that? You say July 2 isn't Independence Day in the United States of America? I beg to differ.
On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress passed the following resolution by a vote of 12-0 with one abstention:
Resolved: That these united colonies are, and of the right ought to be, free and independent states, that they are absolved from their allegiance to the British crown, and all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.
That doesn't mean I want to take anything away from the Declaration of Independence. It is a remarkable document that still stands to this day, and the events surrounding the American Revolution have always fascinated me. But the fact remains... Independence Day in the United States of America should be July 2, not July 4.
While I am on the subject, let me debunk another myth surrounding the Declaration of Independence. The famous signing of the Declaration by all 55 delegates did not occur on July 4.* On that day, the only members to sign were Congressional President John Hancock and Congressional Secretary Charles Thomson. It took nearly a month to prepare the parchment we know as the Declaration of Independence, the one sitting in the National Archive in Washington D.C., and was signed by most of the delegates on Aug. 2, 1776. I say most of the delegates because some delegates had left the Congress during the month of July and never signed, despite being there for the vote. Other delegates arrived during that month and signed despite not having been there for the vote. And some others, some who were there for the vote, some who weren't, signed the document over the next few months, with the last signature added in January, 1777.
Anyway, Happy Independence Day, everyone!
* - Actually, that may or may not be accurate. Later in life, both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams say they remember a signing on July 4. If they did sign an early copy of the Declaration along with the rest of the delegates, that copy has been since lost to history.
07-01-2007, 11:00 PM #2
07-02-2007, 12:17 PM #3
Happy Independence Day for my US friends!*´¨)
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07-03-2008, 06:26 PM #4
Happy 4th of July!"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
06-30-2009, 11:42 PM #5
well July 4th falls on a Saturday this year and most people will be taking off from work starting tomorrow to start a long weekend that ends on Sunday night!!
Happy Independence Day Weekend!!
07-04-2010, 04:06 PM #6
07-05-2010, 10:29 AM #7
God bless America
07-02-2011, 10:49 PM #8
07-03-2011, 09:17 PM #9
07-03-2011, 09:23 PM #10
my favorite Independence day film is The Patriot.... LOL!
07-04-2011, 11:48 AM #11
Happy Independence day!! enjoy the holiday^^
07-04-2013, 08:01 AM #12
Happy 4th of July, EVERYONE!
Today is the day we told them British Red Coat bastards we don't want their stinking bloody tea! We Colonial Americans like lotsa alcohol and coffee!
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