While it’s more common to hear “Happy 4th of July!”, the date on the calendar is established for the observance and celebration of our nation’s independence.
In fact, it nearly wasn’t the “4th of July” —
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain in 1776 actually occurred on July 2nd, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain’s rule.
After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it two days later on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
“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….”
Adams’s prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4th, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2nd, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.
In any case, we’re celebrating the Birthday of Our Country, The United States of America!
As our nation found its origin in the 13 Original Colonies, We’d like to call your attention to 13 Great Events for you to take part in over the next week:
Fridays on the Fox – June 28th & July 5th
Fire Over the Fox – 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks
Independence Day Sing Along – Downtown Green Bay
Theater in the Park – Sunday, June 30th
Simply Elton: The Premier Elton John Tribute Band – June 29th
LPGA Golf Classic July 1-7 at Thornberry Creek
“Our Brown County” Exhibit at Neville Museum
Fly A Kite Fest – Arnie Wolff Soccer Complex
Titletown Night Market – Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay
Big Mouth at Black Sheep Pub & Grill
As we celebrate our nation’s independence ~ The Birthday of Our Republic ~ The Green Bay News Network encourages all of our Members and Readers to spend time with Family, Friends, and Neighbors, and strengthen the bonds that make our community a great place to live and do business.
Wishing You & Yours a Safe & Happy 4th of July!