John Adams was on to something…

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.


(via Y! News)