Happy 4th — and 2nd — of July!

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As we hit beach and barbecue this weekend, here’s a fun bit of trivia to keep in mind: July 2 is really Independence Day.

On July 4, as we all learned in school, the Declaration of Independence was ratified and adopted by the Continental Congress. But it was on July 2, 1776, that we declared our independence; as “research maven” Lisa Gold explains:

On July 2, 1776, the American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain when the Continental Congress finally approved (with twelve colonies voting yes and New York abstaining) this resolution:

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and, of right, ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown, and that all political connexion between them, and the state of Great Britain, is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

To learn more, check out the links and resources at the bottom of Lisa’s post.

3 thoughts on “Happy 4th — and 2nd — of July!

  1. Happy Independence Day from a US veteren.

    I always think of the fact that the United States were not actually a FREE Nation until we had WON our freedom from Great Britan at the end of the Revolutionarey War. The signing of the Declaration of Independence was the beginning of a long and difficult struggle to ATTAIN the freedom the colonies sought, but in the end it was not granted to us until we had beat back the British and were able to only then begin to form this “more perfect Union.”

    I feel like there ought to (also) be some significant celebration of the ending of the struggle that ultimately lead to our having attained our freedom once the United State was recognized as a free and independent state. See the wikipedia article and the quote I have added.

    “In London, as political support for the war plummeted after Yorktown, Prime Minister Lord North resigned in March 1782. In April 1782, the Commons voted to end the war in America. Preliminary peace articles were signed in Paris at the end of November, 1782; the formal end of the war did not occur until the Treaty of Paris and Treaties of Versailles were signed on September 3, 1783. The last British troops left New York City on November 25, 1783, and the United States Congress of the Confederation ratified the Paris treaty on January 14, 1784”

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