Revolutionary Research Revels American July 4th Independence Day Celebration Held on WRONG Day

Revolutionary Research Revels American July 4th Independence Day Celebration Held on WRONG Day for 237 Years! Meanwhile 317 Million Americans Wonder Why It’s NOT A 3-Day Weekend?

Should the American celebration of Independence Day be bound by the facts or should you just accept that it will forever be known as The 4th of July?

On July 3rd 1776 in a private letter to his wife Abigail, Declaration of Independence signatory John Adams wrote:

 “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.”

John and Abigail Adams

John and Abigail Adams

Adams was correct in the significance of the celebration, but missed the mark on the day of the celebration.  In latter writings John Adams claimed to have signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th as did Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin.

Historians have long doubted that July 4th signing date, evidence suggesting that the Declaration of Independence was actually signed nearly one month later of August 2nd 1776!

What were Adams, Jefferson and Franklin trying to keep from Abigail Adams?  And where was George Washington?

There were fifty-six delegates to the Second continental Congress held in Philadelphia.  Records reflect only 50 delegates were present on July 4th 1776.  Could it be that some missing members of Congress signed after the fact to ensure their place in history?

It gets even crazier.  Of the 50 delegates present, eight are known to have NOT signed the Declaration of Independence, yet there are 56 signatures….?

Here’s  another dose of historical crazy, there are eight signatures on the Declaration of Independence of delegates who were not elected to Congress until AFTER July 4th of 1776!

Historians believe that delegates to Congress continued to sign the Declaration of Independence until well into October of 1776.  And yet the Germans got Octoberfest!

Declaration of Independence Signers

Signing the Declaration of Independence?

Stories and legends about the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence abound.  Among the most famous is a banter between John Hancock and Ben Franklin.

Hancock is alleged to have said after signing “we must now all hang together” to which Franklin replied “Yes, we must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately”.  Yet, the quote never appeared in print until 1845, more than 50 years AFTER Franklin’s death.  It feels a lot like Al Gore inventing the internet?

The “Uniform Monday Holiday Act” was signed into law on June 28th 1968, thank you Lyndon Johnson, and took effect on January 1st 1971. The Monday holiday’s established by the act were Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day.

When Martin Luther King, JR Day was established in 1983 Congress voted that it be celebrated on the third Monday in January rather than Dr. King’s actual birth date of January 15th. Thank you, Ronald Reagan.

Back to 68’, recognizing that Americans had long ago adopted into their vernacular the term “4th of July” rather the historically correct name “Independence Day”, Congress went with the whim of the unwashed and omitted Independence Day from the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

Jacksonville Fireworks

Downtown World Class Jacksonville July 4th!

Should Independence Day have rightfully been included in the Uniform Monday Holiday Act?  Was John Adams’ merely engaging in grandiose political rhetoric when he described Independence Day as “the most memorable epoch in the history of America”?

What day of the week was July 4th 1776?….. Monday!  You HAD to know that was coming.  Celebrate  safe and enjoy your Independence Day!

 

 

 

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