On July 4th, 1776, Britain’s 13 rebel colonies in North America did not declare independence. They did it on the 2nd.
But it was on the 4th that the explanation for their decision was approved, the Declaration of Independence.
And that date quickly became the day of national celebration in the United States because the American Revolution, though undertaken to preserve the traditional liberties of Englishmen, was driven by a conviction that those liberties were by natural right due to all people.
Indeed, it is a mark of how rapidly the 4th rather than the 2nd became central to American historical memory that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, colleagues in the Revolution, bitter partisan foes, and friends in old age, both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence rather than the declaration of independence.
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