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Phillips, Charles. “A Day to Remember: July 4, 1776.”

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Phillips, Charles. “A Day to Remember: July 4, 1776.”American History (2006): 15-16. (2)
Known as a highly significant day in American history, July 4, 1776, as Charles Phillips explains in his piece “A Day to Remember: July 4, 1776”, displays that dates and significance surrounding the day are off. Stating within the first two paragraphs of the piece, Phillips discloses that “America did not declare its independence in July 4, 1776” but instead two days before.24 On July 2, 1776, the second Continental Congress passed a resolution stating that “the United Colonies are, and of a right ought to be, free and independent States”, a resounding approval, as the sentiment was first introduced nearly a month before it was passed.25 Perhaps most interesting about these dates is what American society has become to celebrate them with, as well as on what exact date. Celebrated on July 4th with hot dogs, fireworks and beer, Independence Day has not necessarily strayed from the first celebration of the passing of the resolution. As John Adams wrote about the original date – he hoped it would “be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival… to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other…”.26 Confusions like this in American history are understandable, as the country has such a jaded and immense past. Though the holiday itself seems exceedingly absurd, it details a mildly inspiring story of a group of white, upper class men who were driven to create a country on their own terms, which, if history accurately dictates, is how most of the past was created.

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