Second of July

You might think that a nation that can put a man on the moon would be able to celebrate a holiday on the correct day. However, Americans insist on celebrating Independence Day on the Fourth of July and if asked would give that date in 1776 as the day on which they declared independence from Great Britain. It was two days earlier that Congress voted for independence; the fourth was the date on which they voted to approve the document formally declaring independence. John Adams writing on the third of July stated that

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, 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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

For that reason, and the fact that I have tickets to watch a baseball game on the fourth, we had our Independence Day party yesterday, on the correct date. We had a group of neighbours round, for drink and food. It was a diverse crowd, including a Spaniard, a Ugandan born Canadian, two Nepalese, and two Puerto Ricans. 

It was an evening bereft of guns, bells, and bonfires, but a thoroughly good time was had and on the correct day. I shall not allow my pedantic nature to prevent me from going a firework display on the fourth.

Published in: on 3 July, 2011 at 16:08  Leave a Comment  

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