July 2 1776

It was today that the Continental Congress considered, and approved, a resolution brought by Virginia Delegate Richard Henry Lee that went as follows:

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 connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances.

That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.

It was two days later that the Declaration Of Independence itself, the formal announcement of independence was approved. But, at least in the beginning, John Adams thought that today would be the day we celebrated:

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 was right, just not about the date that history would remember.

  • http://www.tfsternsrantings.blogspot.com T F Stern

    Here’s the comment I left at Below the Beltway on this same article:

    My wife likes to put things in perspective; how about we enjoy all the fireworks and with each loud pop we try to see Old Glory as Francis Scott Key did in heated battle. Light some flares with great reverence for those who fought for the liberties we have, the liberties which so many take for granted. The rocket’s red glare into our night skies should humble us to our knees as we celebrate our Independence Day.

  • Joel

    He also wasn’t right about the guns thing. Unless you live in a rural area.