Happy Independence Day!!!

While we celebrate on the 4th, the actual timeline was a ‘bit’ different…

On July 4, 1776,  the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence to announce the colonies’ separation from the Kingdom of Great Britain, the Library of Congress says.

The actual vote for independence actually happened two days earlier, History.com says – but July 4 is seen as the “birthday” of American independence.

The Fourth also isn’t when the Declaration of Independence was signed. According to the National Archives, delegates began signing the engrossed Declaration of Independence on Aug. 2 – starting with John Hancock’s famous signature.

John Adams wrote the following to his wife Abigail, on July 3, 1776:

“Yesterday the greatest Question was decided, which ever was debated in America, and a greater, perhaps, never was or will be decided among Men. A Resolution was passed without one dissenting Colony ‘that these united Colonies, are, and of right ought to be free and independent States, and as such, they have, and of Right ought to have full Power to make War, conclude Peace, establish Commerce, and to do all the other Acts and Things, which other States might rightfully do…’

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 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.”

Most of us will be doing just that, however there are some who…don’t agree with that sentiment.

Full article, HERE from the NY Post… Sigh…

For those of us in Tiny Town, Texas, we’ll be doing burgers, brats, and the usual sides with friends in SUPPORT of our independence!


Happy Independence Day!!! — 16 Comments

  1. To those of you who celebrate today, best wishes for now and the future. To those that don’t, may Hell await you.

  2. For all the,F*** the 4th participants, they are fortunate to live in a country where they can get away with their activity. Any chance they will see the irony?

  3. Bad/SLee- Agreed!

    WSF- That they are, but no they don’t! It would never occur to them to even think about that.

    LL- And to you, sir!

  4. They’ll get more “journalists” than participants in Reid Park.

  5. We saw fireworks in Sioux City on the 2nd, then caught distant views of more driving through Illinois yesterday night. We’re at a parade in Indiana now with wife’s friends. I saw a bunch of Ultr MAGA shirts – that one backfire nicely on Biden*. 🙂 After the parade we trek home to Ohio to catch fireworks with my friends. Lots of fun. Lots of flags, colors, and other patriotism on display.

  6. Anyone with a passing knowledge of history knows that the independence movement of 1776 was a process which took most of that summer. However, the reason we celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July is because right there in the first line of the header of the document, it reads:

    “In CONGRESS. July 4th, 1776”

    The irony is that if King George and Parliament had pulled their heads out of their collective asses and seen that what the colonists were demanding was not unreasonable, we might still be part of the British empire.

    Enjoy the holiday. I certainly will.

  7. We got up early to provide comms support to a local charity 5K “fun run”. I had fun as they approached my checkpoint (second to last) by telling “Only three more laps!”

    And now, I’m headin’ out to work…

  8. JMI- Probably and will write it up like there were 30,000 people there instead of maybe 300.

    TOS- Love it!

    Roy- Excellent point!

    Drang- Ouch…LOL Be safe at work!

  9. Sigh, I had to ‘settle’ for dogs and ribs at my brother’s house. And a come from behind Astros win 😉

    • The Astros must have gotten a sponsorship from someone who sells nerve pills, or from a cardiology group. MomRed is much happier when they get a nice,early lead and keep it.

  10. I had a FB friend who was bitterly complaining about the 4th. However, I noticed that she did take the day off from work, and she did manage to go away for the weekend to a cookout at a friend’s house. You can’t have it both ways….