On July 2, 1776, the world changed forever. The Second Continental Congress voted to formally sever ties with the British Empire. America was officially born.
On that day, John Adams wrote the following to his wife, Abigail: “The second day of July, 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. 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 shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
Although the vote to declare independence actually occurred on July 2, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed and dated July 4, 1776. Hence, our nation’s “official birthday” has been celebrated on the fourth of July for the past 243 years.
So, as we begin to celebrate America’s 244th birthday, perhaps we should reflect on the history of the American experiment. As the nation is experiencing turmoil and mobs are destroying the statues and reputations of our Founding