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Happy July 2nd!!! The Real Date? Perhaps Aug 2nd, Sep 3rd or Jan 14?

Happy 2nd of July. We actually declared independence from Great Britain on the second. The notice was printed and posted on the 4th. The printers dated the notice July 4. The declaration was signed on the fourth by John Hancock and Charles Thomson to make it legal so it could be printed. The actual signing began on 2 Aug and the last delegate signed it in January 1777. Our independence was achieved 3 Sep 1783 with the Treaty of Paris (1783) but not ratified until 14 January 1784. Which date should be our true date of celebration? Certainly not the Fourth.

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One thought on “Happy July 2nd!!! The Real Date? Perhaps Aug 2nd, Sep 3rd or Jan 14?

  1. I’ll give you a post-colonial wave on the third. Isn’t that the same with all history though? Wars, treaties, signings and all that. Gibraltar was taken from the Spanish in 2004 but the Treaty of Utrecht wasn’t until 2013. By which time the original English force had become Great Britain.

    Didn’t you write about this before? I think you like these historical anomalies. Was the world better or worse under the British Empire or the current American one?

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