On Sunday, we’ll all celebrate the 234th birthday of our Great Nation . . . but TODAY, July 2nd, actually marks the beginning of America’s independence from Great Britain! The Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence on July 2nd, 1776, and John Adams (our second President) had this to say about the day:
“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.”
He was off by two days because while independence was actually declared on the 2nd, the Declaration of Independence (the document) wasn’t approved until the 4th. We’ve always gone by the date printed on the Declaration — July 4th — but it doesn’t make his thoughts any less inspiring. They still give me chills when I read them.
I hope you have a wonderful Independence Day Weekend. Spend some time with loved ones, see (or launch) some fireworks, and take at least a few minutes to remember those who have gone before us and paved the way for the American Experiment we get to be a part of.
Dedicated to Your Continued Success,