We all know about Independence Day – the day we declared our independence from Great Britain.
July 4, 1776.
But what about July 2, 1776? Did you know that many believed July 2nd should be celebrated as our day of independence?
On July 2nd, 1776, the Second Continental Congress gathered in Philadelphia and voted for independence using Richard Henry Lee’s resolution in an almost unanimous motion except for New York.
John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail in a letter dated on July 3rd:
“the Second of July, 1776, will be the most Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.”
The document was then edited by Thomas Jefferson, and the new date would then be July 4, 1776.