Fourth of July

July 4th, 2014 at 4:02 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

Flag American Happy Fourth of July or Independence Day. A little history from Wikipedia:

“The legal separation of the 13 Colonies from Great Britain actually occurred on July 2, 1776, when the 2nd Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence (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.”

His prediction was off by two days, but it’s pretty much what many of us will do today. 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.  Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote separately that they had signed it on that day. At one point during that day, it was noted the temperature was 76° and that a thundershower occurred at 4 pm.

In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as President, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, also died on July 4 – in 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on July 4th. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, (in 1872), and is the only President to have been born on Independence Day.”

6 Responses to “Fourth of July”

  1. GunLakeDeb says:

    The wisdom and bravery of our Founding Fathers always astounds me! To separate from the protection of a very powerful country, with just a rag-tag army and a whole lot of wilderness? And based on their premises of freedom and justice and democracy, to become one of the most powerful nations on Earth? Just WOW.

    1. Irish coffee says:

      amen

  2. Jack says:

    HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY BILL & All The FAMILY of BLOOGERS !! CUE :: The Highwaymen – American Remains – YouTube
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8Q0sX2cv-Q
    Stay CueDDD….. :-)

  3. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Amazing stories and history of our remarkable nation! Guess what George Washington said to his men before they crossed the Delaware? ” Get in your boats, men”. May the 4th be with you! Happy Independance Day bloggers! Proud to be an American! I wish many in government today would try to modle themselves and their behavior after our founding fathers! God Bless the USA!

  4. Jevon Murphy (Chicago) says:

    Happy 4th of July Bill and to everyone on the blog!

  5. Mr. Negative says:

    Nice day…

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