Thursday, July 2, 2009

John Adams Declares July 2 as America's Birthday

In a letter to his wife Abigail, John Adams wrote: "The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America."

Adams' prediction came as the result of Richard Henry Lee's motion for independence being approved by the Congress on July 2, 1776. It was Lee's motion that officially separated the thirteen American colonies from Great Britain.

A confident and euphoric Adams declared:

"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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."

Adams would be two days off from his prediction, however. On July 4, the day after writing Abigail, Adams joined with the rest of his colleagues in approving the Declaration of Independence, a document that eloquently articulated the reasons why the colonies had separated from the British Empire.

It was this vote - the one on July 4 - that would go down in history as a "memorable Epocha."


Rebecca said...

That makes me laugh! I recently read a curious fact that the Declaration of Independence wasn't signed until August 2. Interesting bit of trivia!

Josephus said...

haha, people never learn about making these "sure" predictions.

mdeals said...

"The Second Day of July is the most memorable day of America."

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing information with us.....

the best price for best entertainment

Karen A. Chase said...

A great blog site, and one I"ve come to on multiple occasions for input for my writing. Would love your feedback, too at my blog. Seasoned, knowledgable American historians are always welcome. – Karen

حسام داود said...

شركة تسليك مجاري المطبخ بالرياض
شركة تسليك مجارى الحمام بالرياض
level تسليك المجاري بالرياض
افضل شركة تنظيف بالرياض
تنظيف شقق بالرياض
شركة تنظيف منازل بالرياض
شركة غسيل خزنات بالرياض
افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض
رش مبيدات بالرياض
شركة تخزين عفش بالرياض
شركة تنظيف مجالس بالرياض
تنظيف فلل بالرياض
ابى شركة تنظيف بالرياض

Amber McQueen said...

America Day It is found in some history books that Vikings were the one to touch the sands of a foreign Island which is now known as North America. the Viking ship was torn apart by a furious tide and the Norsemen somehow made to the dry land and laid their feet on the ground now called America.