Wednesday, July 04, 2018

What A Day

July Fourth on a Wednesday. Doesn't feel right.  But we'll take our holidays as we find them.

As many are aware, John Adams thought July the 2nd would be celebrated, since that was the day Congress approved the resolution for independence.  But the date listed on the Declaration was two days later, and that was that.

Of course, America still had to win the war or the D of I would be just another piece of paper.  (I'm guessing.  Maybe it would still be remembered.)  And then the country had to come up with a new form of government, and didn't get it right the first time.

Many have noted the coincidence that two of the greatest Americans, Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both signers of the Declaration, died exactly 50 years later on July 4, 1826.  The two had long been rivals, but had made up by then.  Adams, in his last day on earth, said "Thomas Jefferson survives." Life was different before smart phones.

Some have made more of the coincidence than it deserves, but it's still pretty cool.  And to add to that, July 4, 1826 was the birthday of Stephen Foster, the Father of American Music.

So light 'em up!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

James Monroe died on July 4th five years later, but he never got the same publicity.

10:55 AM, July 04, 2018  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He probably cheated. Social climber.

1:31 PM, July 04, 2018  

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