Skip to comments.Four Little-Known Facts About the Fourth of July
Posted on 07/04/2014 6:44:06 AM PDT by Kaslin
Happy Fourth of July! Today we celebrate 238 years of American independence. To that end, here are four interesting facts about this uniquely American holiday that you might not be aware of.
(1) Did you know that the Second Continental Congress approved a resolution to dissolve all political ties with Great Britain on July 2, 1776? It wasnt until two days later, on July 4th, that the Founding Fathers formally adopted the document we now universally refer to as the Declaration of Independence.
The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America, John Adams wrote his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776. As it turned out, he was off by a few days.
(2) John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both passed away on July 4, 1826 -- 50 years after the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted. The fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, also died on July 4th shortly thereafter -- in 1831.
(3) Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence. Pennsylvanias Benjamin Franklin (70) was the oldest to sign his name, and South Carolinas Edward Rutledge (26) was the youngest.
(4) John Hancock was the first delegate to sign the Declaration; and he was only one of two delegates to do so on July 4, 1776. According to legend, he decided to sign his name in big, ostentatious letters so that, as he put it, the fat old King could read it without his spectacles.
So there you have it. Have a great day, everyone. Ill leave you with this: an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence -- one of the most important political documents ever written (or ever will be written):
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of natures God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
Read it all here, and explore Townhall's U.S. Constitution page here.
Yeah, well, HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY. It could have been in June or August.
Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872.
Happy birthday, Silent Cal.
A little-known fact about the Declaration of Independence:
God is mentioned four times in the Declaration. See if you can find them.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, 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; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
I found 3....don’t know what I am overlooking..
The Declaration is the link between the Bible and the Constitution.
I regard this as a sacred testament to the courage and wisdom of man.
I regretfully admit that several times in this reading of the Declaration, I (no kidding) wondered if the poster had, on his own, inserted serious references to OUR government in the year 2014.
Do a careful read of the list of grieviences, it can be sort of, no, actually frightening.
Nevermind... found the one I kept reading over. What is amazing to me is so many of the statements against the king could apply to our President.
Omerika, the terrible must be destroyed!
Would that there were 56 who would mutually pledge to each other our lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor, in an effort to restore a Free Republic, and punish the usurpers, no doubt this must be done every 200 years more or less.
I believe the first newspaper publication was by a German language newspaper in Philly.
A thousand thousand years will pass and still the stigma of the 0bama regime will not be erased.
John Hancock had a big ol’ pair on him IMHO.
Just signing that document was a significant act of courage.
It was going to be a sure hanging for the signers if they did not prevail.
In our fair city, Independence Day was June 27th this year. They’ve done this the past few years, shifting the date of the fireworks display forward a day or two for one reason or another. But, this year, they shifted an entire week, from the actual Friday date, to the Friday before. More convenient, I suppose, at least for those who were prepared to show up a week early.
So much for American culture. It was extremely ignorant of the capitalists to create President’s Day IMHO and to make mondays the celebration days. loses a lot of the significance.
.....and President Calvin Coolidge is the only president to be born on the 4th of July.
I believe that the success and wealth of Europe was a direct result of Gods blessings on those who called upon His name. Unfortunately, during the 18th and 19th centuries, the Age of Enlightenment dawned among European intelligentsia, pushing out belief in God. Over several centuries, Europe has fallen from its power and wealth, today being a series of welfare states, out of Gods favour.
As both the US and Canada, at their founding, were Christian-based, both were blessed by God, the result being that citizens of both countries were afforded the highest standard of living in the world. At the dawn of the 20th century, Canada was arguably, a more Christian country that the US, as measured by percentage of the population attending weekly church services. In the 60s, Canada partially abandoned its Christian history, embracing a socialist ideal. This led to many economic, social and spiritual problems.
Canada, led by a Christian Prime Minister, has almost consistently led the G20 in growth for years. We have avoided many of the traps the US economy has fallen prey to. I believe this to be Gods blessing, based upon a return by many in Canada, to Gods rule. Unfortunately, the US has fallen into the socialist trap, as led by the gentleman from Hawaii (or some foreign country); a man who claims to follow Jesus, yet shows few signs of following The Word.
Since all rulers (Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings, Queens, etc.) are in their positions of power through Gods Grace, we need to pray for them. (There is a well-known saying that if you dont like your Pastor or what he does, then pray EVEN MORE for him! The same can be said for those in positions of authority over us.) My prayer, this Independence Day (and three days after
Canada Dominion Day) is that the _resident of 2600 Pennsylvania Avenue (and the resident of 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa) seek the will of the Lord and follow the Holy Spirits leading. Only that can result in correction of the economic and spiritual malaise that affects both countries. I would also pray that the citizens of both countries follow 2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. I believe that citizens of both countries need to pray for God to raise up Christian leaders, both churchmen, business leaders and politicians, to lead both countries back to Him.
Happy Independence Day!
1) ... of Natures God
2) ... endowed by their Creator
3) ... appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world
4) ... with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence,
There is a legend that Charles Carroll of Carrollton added the "of Carrollton" because one of the other signers remarked that he did not have the same danger of being put to death as the others because there were several Charles Carrolls in Maryland, so if he just signed "Charles Carroll" they wouldn't know which one to hang. In fact he normally signed himself as "Charles Carroll of Carrollton" to distinguish himself from relatives who also had the first name Charles. The story first appears around 1940, I think.
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