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Declaration of Independence Day
Independence Day Should Have Been July 2 –July 2, 1776, is the day that the Continental Congress actually voted for independence. John Adams, in his writings, even noted that July 2 would be remembered in the annals of American history and would be marked with fireworks and celebrations. The written Declaration of Independence was dated July 4 but wasn’t actually signed until August 2. Fifty-six delegates eventually signed the document, although all were not present on that day in August.
Join the Liberty First Foundation as we hold a series of Live Virtual Events discussing the Declaration of Independence. We will be reading the full Declaration of Independence. We will discuss the history that led to the Declaration of Independence.
The Liberty First Foundation recognizes the Declaration of Independence as one of the key points in history that led the United States to its foundation of Liberty.
On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail.
“My dear Friend,” [Mr. Adams often began his letters to Mrs. Adams with these words of endearment], “[T]he Second of July, 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.”
A Vote to Approve a Proposed Declaration
On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve Mr. Jefferson’s proposed Declaration of Independence. On that same day, the Pennsylvania Evening Post published the following: “This day the Continental Congress declared the United Colonies Free and the Independent States.” The story in the Evening Post was premature. Over July 2 and 3, Congress edited Mr. Jefferson’s work, as the gentleman-poet from Virginia sat at his desk ceding to the demands of Congress. By the night of July 3rd, all that remained was the final vote.
–Rabbi Joseph Fred Benson, The Real Independence Day: July 2, 1776, JURIST – Academic Commentary, July 4, 2020, https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2020/07/joseph-benson-independence-day/.