Independence Day: The Forgotten History of America’s 4th of July and What It Commemorates

Every American knows what Independence Day is. Alongside Christmas and Thanksgiving, it’s one of the few holidays that hasn’t fallen prey to having to be celebrated on the closest Monday, rather than the actual day it falls on. However, less known is the history of the Fourth of July as a holiday. How did the celebrations emerge and what is the history of this, America’s birthday?

Few know that the 13 Colonies actually legally separated from the mother country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, on July 2nd, not July 4th. This was the day that the Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence. After voting in favor of independence, the Congress then turned toward the actual drafting of the resolution, which we known today as the Declaration of Independence. It was on July 4th that Congress approved the resolution.

For his part, John Adams believed that July 2nd would be the day to be celebrated throughout the ages in the United States. While his prediction was two days off, his prediction of how the day would be celebrated is pretty close to the mark:
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4 Responses to Independence Day: The Forgotten History of America’s 4th of July and What It Commemorates

  1. Stonyground says:

    We in the UK are hoping to have our own independence day soon. After all the messing about that has occurred, it will be interesting to see which ends up being adopted.

    • Rick says:

      I predict Allahu akbar will become your rally cry. I mean, more so than today; it will be trademarked.

  2. alex mason says:

    Dear King George III,
    “SUCK IT.”
    General George Washington.

  3. Aaron says:

    Independence day is to remind people that we can use violence to deal with tyrants and that it worked in the past and will do so again in the future.

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