Monday, July 4, 2011

The Red, White and Blue!

Here's a little bit of American history you may not know . . .

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.

A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail, "The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch 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 forever more."

Adams's prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.

Happy Independence Day America! Hope your July 4th is filled with red and white checkered tablecloths, burgers off the grill, ice cold lemonade, apple pie a la mode, sparkling fireworks and so much more from sea to shining sea. ENJOY!


  1. Hope you're having a grand day! Your Flag is all-American!

  2. Wow, I did not know all this! John Adams was a local boy.

    On a side note, I believe I can comment on your posts again! I'm at work, munching on my lunch. I'll have to give it a go from home.

  3. Hurray! They fixed it! Sorry for not commenting much in the last few months.