Wednesday, July 2, 2008


David Reisner of CNN writes: On July 2nd 1776 the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia. On the table, a resolution brought before the congress by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia:
Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved. That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances. That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.
And on that day, July 2nd 1776, they approved the Resolution Of Independence… A free nation was proclaimed and the United States of America was formed. No fireworks, no cheering crowds, just a handful of men in Philadelphia knew what had happened. John Adam’s, the nation’s future first vice president, wrote to his wife overjoyed with the momentous occasion:
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.
Of course we celebrate on July 4th, but this is how it really happened. Thanks to David Reisner of CNN for the scoop. God Bless America! Happy Independence Day folks! Play safe and to those serving abroad, THANK YOU for your tireless and relentless service! Our freedom is precious and we salute you!


namaste said...

wow! great independence day post, nik! thanks for recapping this momentous occasion. i remember the way history teachers delivered this info oh so badly in school. it was like they wanted us to fall asleep and hate history. geez! now as an adult i love it!

happy 4th of july girlie!! woo-hoo!!



ba and the boys said...

growing up in philly, i think i love the beauty of early american history more than anyone.(ok, truthfully, my family didnt arrive until 1915, but i was BORN there!) sure, go watch the musical '1776' and you will have a witty, finger snappin' version of what happened (i have the cd if you want to borrow it!), but in the end, we are a nation free to rule itself. and sometimes we as a people make the wrong/not so good choice...but i was our choice. and i love that.

Nikki said...

maria, it is great how we appreciate things so much better as we get older! I love history too! I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July! we are just going to stay home BBQ, fire pit mallows and maybe go 4 wheelin' safe! :)N

BA, I would love to see all the historical stuff in philly and DC and boston etc...thanks for mentioning that we are doing our best as americans to do better as a people. I think that was well stated! Happy 4th! :)N

Paul is a Hermit said...

Happy 4th, or 2nd, Nikki.

All those guys were hanging themselves out to dry, literally. To Britain and many colonists, they had just committed Treason, their lives, businesses and families on the line. All for Freedom.
That is worth celebrating.

GrEaT sAtAn'S gIrLfRiEnD said...

Happy BDay Great Satan!!

4 July 1776 fired off a crazy rocking rolling ride that hasn't stopped 'stirring things up' on a global scale.

Advancing arrogance into an art form with a remarkable relentless risque commitment to liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, and laissez-faire values.

America built the modern world.

And She knows Her way around.

Nikki said...

Thanks Paul, I hope you are having an enjoyable day! happy 4th my friend! :)N

GSG...thanks Courtney! you are the best...have a great 4th celebrating your boyfriends birthday...haha :)N

Sandi said...

I'm with Maria - history was total pain when I was in school. Now I love it. And really knowing and "hearing" what our country went through to get to where we are today can't help but make a person proud - and thankful.