242 Years of Independence to Celebrate

By Markwayne Mullin

Independence Day is a holiday that every American celebrates, but the history of how this day came about is less well-known. Most know that Independence Day is officially recognized on July 4th each year. However, the Continental Congress actually voted to approve a resolution of independence from Great Britain two days earlier in 1776.

On July 2, 1776, the “Pennsylvania Evening Post” published: “This day the Continental Congress declared the United Colonies Free and Independent States,” marking what many believed would be the day Americans celebrated for centuries to come. One of our Founding Fathers, John Adams, even wrote in a letter to his wife: “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.” He may have been two days off on the exact date, but his sentiments about the most meaningful holiday in our nation’s history still ring true 242 years later.

 

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