Happy 2nd and 4th of July, 2014!


Happy 2nd and 4th of July, 2014!!

My dear Sub Mate Howard (Huck) Hawkins, a great patriot and diligent amateur scholar of American History, sent me the following information about why we celebrate the 4th of July and not the 2nd of July. The 2nd being the real date of the Declaration of America’s Independence.

Here is the story that Huck sent me. Although I do not know his source, I know it to be true.

Please enjoy your history and teach it to your children and friends!
 
Back in 1776, the Second Continental Congress declared the United States of America an independent nation not on July 4, as more than two centuries of Independence Day celebrations would suggest, but on July 2. John Adams, a congressional delegate from Massachusetts and a future president of the new nation, wrote about the vote for independence in a letter to his wife, Abigail:

“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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

So why do Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4th? Because that was the date on the Declaration of Independence, a document that was widely publicized and reprinted from one end of the fledgling nation to the other. As a result, the Fourth of July quickly became associated with personal liberty and national independence in the minds of all Americans.

For more about this momentous American and world history occasion, see the following:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Declaration_of_Independence

V. Tom Mawhinney…with special thanks to buddy Howard Hawkins for sending me the quoted information.

7/4/14

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