John Adams the founding father who later became our second President put the day down on the 2nd but the Continental Congress approved the day on the 4th. The document was written by Thomas Jefferson our 3rd President. For John Adams the true holiday was the 2nd the day Congress actually voted on Independence. He wrote about it in a letter he wrote to his wife dated July 3rd 1776. 240 years ago today. In the letter he wrote, “ I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding celebrations as the years of the great anniversary move on. It ought to be showed with pomp and circumstance with games and parades. I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding celebrations to come with barnfires, guns and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forevermore.”
And so our Independence is celebrated on July 4th. For the rest of his life John Adams declined to take part in any July 4th celebrations. But in the end the 4th sought him out. On July 4th 1826, the very same day as Thomas Jefferson on the 50th Anniversary of the first celebrations, they BOTH DIED. Can we say this country took the living daylights out of them? Have a brew in honor of those two hard working men for this country today too along with her birthday.