Happy Independence Day

Today we celebrate Independence Day, the day we declared our freedom from Great Britain.

On June 7, when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, the Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence.

Amid heated debate, Congress postponed the vote on Lee’s resolution, but appointed a five-man committee—including Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York—to draft a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain.

On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution for independence in a near-unanimous vote (the New York delegation abstained, but later voted affirmatively).

On July 4th, the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, which had been written largely by Jefferson. Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, from then on the 4th became the day that was celebrated as the birth of American independence.

Sadly, the United States has been in a slow decline of late, but it’s still the best country on Earth.

5 thoughts on “Happy Independence Day

  1. Ask a business owner how it feels to be open? FREEDOM. No masks or walls between you & the customer. FREEDOM. Families & friends having fun, grilling, playing games & laughing together. FREEDOM!

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  2. From the confines of the backyard at my new house, almost everyone in the neighborhood sat and watched 2-3 hours of non-stop fireworks. Better than any professional show I have ever seen. Word was that all the Karen’s in the surrounding area were cowering in their basements.

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