Why do we celebrate our independence today, July 4th, when the Declaration of Independence was actually adopted by Congress on July 2, 1776? Because apparently:
[N]o member of Congress thought about commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence until July 3 – one day too late. So the first organized elaborate celebration of independence occurred the following day: July 4, 1777, in Philadelphia. Ships in the harbor were decked in the nation’s colors. Cannons rained 13-gun salutes in honor of each state. And parades and fireworks spiced up the festivities.
However, I agree with John Adams – he thought that we should celebrate “the momentum towards achieving American independence” which was realized on July 2 – rather than the approval of the document.
Nonetheless, HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!
(via Y! News)