A Revolutionary Idea
July 4, 1776 the Second Continental Congress approved a revolt from Great Britain in a 12-0 vote, New York abstained. No other revolutionary idea has sustained the test of time like The Declaration of Independence. Two hundred forty-two years later, in 2018, we celebrate the approval of this revolutionary idea.
The Congress’ dedication to the idea that the colonies should be sovereign, answering only to themselves, became a Declaration of Independence. The colony’s would become the UNITED States of America when the New York delegates received permission from their convention to sign later in July. The colonies would now be governed by the people, for the people.
Congress approved the document when 34 of 50 delegates present on July 4th signed. Two delegates from Pennsylvania voted against, they were replaced before August 2nd. After the July 19th resolution that all delegates from all 13 colonies must sign, some newly elected after July 4th, it was titled The Declaration of the United States of America. Eight delegates never signed.
All 56 signers were never in the room together, some were elected after July 4th. Almost all 56 had signed by August 2, 1776. The last two signed in September and October. They were as young as 26 and as old as 70 year old Benjamin Franklin. On January 28, 1977, Congress order the document printed with signatures and distributed to all 13 states.
We celebrate July 4th because Adams, Franklin and Jefferson stated it was signed and approved that day. Never argue with your forefathers. Every celebration needs a date.
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