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Tomorrow, 2 July, is the day the colonies declared their independence in 1776.

Again this year, the citizens of the United States of America will celebrate their country’s declaration of independence on the wrong day. And again this year, I will post the history why…

“So, it was done, the break was made, in words at least: on July 2, 1776, in Philadelphia, the American colonies declared independence.” Page 129 “John Adams” David McCullough On July 4, 1776, only John Hancock and Charles Thomson signed the document to authentic it so it could be printed. Page 136 (“John Adams”) “The actual signing of the document would not take place until Friday, August 2, after a fair copy…” Page 137 (“John Adams”) “…Thomas McKean of Delaware appears not to have signed until January 1777, which made him the last.” Page 138 (“John Adams”) Independence was achieved, “”His Britannic Majesty acknowledges the said United States . . . to be free, sovereign and independent states.” “Done at Paris,” read the final line, “this third day of September, in the the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty three.” The mighty Revolution had ended. The new nation was born.”” Page 285 “John Adams”  

Happy Independence Day! 


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