I never thought twice about how the 4th of July was selected to be Independence Day in the United States until I read the quote below:
“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. 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 shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
Fourth of July in Centre Square where Philadelphia City Hall stands today. 1819 painting by John Lewis Krimmel
We can’t be right all the time! If you would like to know why we don’t tell one another to have a happy 2nd, click on the links below:
How the Fourth of July was Designated as an “Official” Holiday
Fascinating Facts about the Declaration of Independence
More facts from the National Archives
And have a happy Fourth of July!