of July —
4, 2006 – Today is
Independence Day. Many people believe the holiday commemorates the signing of
the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They would be wrong. Not
one signature was applied to the document on that date. (In fact, the final signature
wasn't added until 1781.) However, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by
the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. And that, my friends, is the
foundation of our holiday.
is one of the few major American holidays that is assigned a static date on our
calendar. Halloween, Christmas, and New Years also enjoy the privilege. By contrast,
holidays such as Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving move around
from year to year. Some have suggested that Independence
Day's annual calendar (observed) date should be flexible to enable Americans
to enjoy a long holiday weekend during the first week of July.
Right, sure, uh-huh, you-bet-cha and yes-siree.
never happen. The Fourth of July is, after all, "America's Birthday" and birthdays
can't move around. My goodness, that would be, well, un-American. Don't you think?
At any rate, I hope you all enjoy your
day no matter how you choose to celebrate. Happy Fourth!
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