Presenting Myth Independence Day

Independence was declared on July 2nd not July 4th. The ‘Pennsylvania Evening Post’, on July second, 1776 printed: “This day the Continental Congress declared the United colonies Free and Independent States”

It was not untIl the 4th of July that everyone adopted the Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia had a celebration with a parade on July 8.

John Adams writing a letter home on July third 1776 predicted, “The second of July will be the most memorable Epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary Festival”

Regardless of the original dates, Philadelphia, for quite some time now, has been celebrating the ideas, the spirit, and history of our Declaration, in its week long ‘Welcome America Celebration’, in early July, sponsered by Sunoco.

Philadelphia is the place to be on the 4th of July. See you on the Parkway. Don’t myth it.

1 Comment so far

  1. Brandyn (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

    Hey Joe! July 2–who knew?

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