Independence Day-Fourth of July… which is more patriotic? When I woke up this morning that question was not even on my mind. Turned on the radio and hear the guys talking and this question was proposed. So, what say you? Independence Day-Fourth of July does one speak more of patriotism over the other? This got me thinking.
According to Slate, ” The phrase “Fourth of July” was in use by the end of the 18th century, but not quite as often. While traveling through Connecticut in 1807 and 1808, early American chronicler Edward Augustus Kendall saw citizens assembling on a knoll to celebrate “the Fourth of July, or Independent or Independence Day.” “Fourth of July” overtook both “Independence Day” and “Independent Day” in newspaper articles and toasts to George Washington during the 19th century. In an article for New England magazine in 1890, historian Edward Hale wrote, “in my boyhood, the event … was called independence day much more than it is now.”
“As many history buffs know, there’s some irony to rise of the phrase “Fourth of July” since the date itself has little significance. Congress approved a declaration of independence on July 2, 1776, and John Adams expected that to be the most important date in American history,” states the Slate. “The official Declaration, however, was approved two days later by a committee. The first printed copies read “In Congress, July 4, 1776.” Since that broadsheet was tacked up in cities all over the nation, the date stuck.”
Independence Day-Fourth of July… to me knowing I have my Independence on the Fourth of July is special. Lets take the time to thank teachers, scout leaders, coaches and those that get up everyday to do something nice for others. Thank a vet, respect a vet and remember those that keep and have kept us free. God Bless America.
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