For over two centuries this country has celebrated America’s Independence on July the 4th. We celebrate with barbecues, parties, fireworks, etc. We glory in the fact that we are free and go crazy in the hot summer.
However, many fail to realize that the real independence day in this country is actually today, July the Second. The Lee Resolution was voted on and passed by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776. John Adams would famously write home to his wife Abigail the following:
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.
You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. — I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. — Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.https://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/archive/doc?id=L17760703jasecond
So in honor of our second President, Happy Real Independence Day!