Thursday, July 4, 2013

Nationally Observed Made Up Holiday

Sure, you probably celebrated "Independence Day" today, but it is not the date of our nation's independence.  Ironically, it is not even the anniversary of the day our Second Continental Congress voted for a resolution of independence (which was July 2, 1776).  It is merely the day in which that same SCC approved the wording of the Declaration of Independence.

It is also not the day in which all members of that assembly signed the document.  Most signed it that day, but the final signature was not on the document until August 2, 1776.

Again, despite all this, the United States was not independent.  We were at war with a nation that we had come to despise.  That nation still held considerable control over our naval ports and many of those cities.  Today is the anniversary of the approval of the document announcing our intent to seek independence from the nation of Great Britain which had been resolved two days before, but would not reach fruition until 1783.

The date of this celebration mostly stems from the date of the document mostly signed on this date.  History has allowed the actual date of the resolution of independence to become obscured by this document's date.

In reality, the true date of independence when Great Britain would acknowledge the United States to be free, sovereign and independent states was on September 3, 1783 when the Treaty of Paris was signed.  Ironically, we do have a holiday near that date, but it has nothing to do with independence.

So we have a day observed once a year that really has little to do with the actual date of independence.  Rather it's like celebrating the conception of a nation versus the actual birth of the nation in which we finally pulled free from the mother country.  We don't celebrate the conception of our children year after year, only when they were born.

Then again, this nation does tend to do as it will, but just wanted you to know your actual history, not the one that people assume because of marketing and merchandising.

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