Tomorrow is Independence Day here in the U.S. ~ otherwise known as the Fourth of July. The typical American citizen in our neck of the woods will be spending time at a local beach, grilling hot dogs/hamburgers in the back yard (or at a local beach), or maybe on their way to or enjoying a July vacaation away from home. Then there’s always the fireworks!
But do you remember what the true meaning of Independence Day is? Many do not, myself included. I had to look it up to remind myself!
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 declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. 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 wording of 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.
The hubby and I don’t typically “do” much on July 4th but try to catch up on those things, like yard work, that we’ve gotten behind on because of the rain. That’s my plan for tomorrow… July 4th.
Would love to hear what YOU’LL be doing!?
Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt