Today is Independence Day.
Commonly known as the Fourth of July, it is a government declared federal holiday in the United States commemorating the "adoption" (did you notice I put that word in parenthesis) of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
Now-A-Days we celebrate Independence Day with death defying fireworks shows, heartwarming small town parades, big old family barbecues, carnivals and street fairs, extravagant picnics, patriotic concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events.
Whew, that's a lot of sh*t for one day !!
We have been led like sheep by our government and big retail business together to use this day, July 4th, to extol the wonders of our national history, the successes of our illustrious government, and historical traditions that define these here United States.
But let's peel back the onion before we put it on that slightly overcooked grilled hamburger and find out exactly what the 4th of July is all about.
Did you hear what I said.............." the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776"
So, I think we are celebrating this holiday on the wrong date.
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.
"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.
Darn it !!
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 that they had signed it on that day.
Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believe.
1. July 2nd - The date the resolution was signed and the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred
2. July 4th – The day Congress finished their debate and revision of the wording of the Declaration and finally approved it.
And………………wait for it………………wait for it……………
3. August 2nd – The day most historians have concluded that the Declaration was really signed.
OK, so it looks like we have a real problem here.
I don't think so.
Let's celebrate all 3 days.
I mean, is any of these days to be held any less important than the others?
Hell no !!!
If I can add my two cents worth I think we should be celebrating "Independence Month" instead of "Independence Day"
Imagine the positive effect this would have on the economy.
Everyday has to be a celebration so every day demands a bar-b-que.
Stores (See Wal-Mart blog from yesterday for statistical evidence) sell more meat and food and charcoal and fireworks and soda and snacks and condiments and beer and beer and beer……
All of the suppliers will sell more to the stores.
More folks are employed by the stores, delivery companies, produce and meat companies, farmers, etc...
Unemployment drops significantly.
Everybody has more disposable income (and time to spend it since we are celebrating for a whole month) and starts buying new cars, TV's, homes, etc.
The United States becomes an economic superpower once again.
I don't believe Americans really understand what July 4th is all about.
July 4 isn't about an "event" that occurred in 1776.
It's not like the "country's birthday" where people celebrate the day it were born.
The United States wasn't actually born on July 4.
We had to win a war first remember?
What truly happened is that our glorious forefathers stated their "intentions" on July 4.
July 4 was the start of our insurrection against the King of England.
We drew the proverbial "line in the sand" and it was on our Eastern seaboard.
July 4 is a reminder to the rest of the world of what Americans are prepared to do to achieve and retain our freedom, liberty and privilege of choice.
The Constitution is a pledge by the people of the United States to themselves to preserve freedom at all costs.
July 4th is not a day for the government.
July 4th is not a day for big business.
July 4th is a day for the people.
"You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. -- I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. -- Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue(regret) it, which I trust in God We shall not.”
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