In the United States of America, we celebrate Independence Day today. What is that really?
Today marks the day that the people of the British colonies in America declared their independence from Great Britain, under King George III. On this day, the representatives of the 13 colonies signed a declaration, making a formal announcement that they were now independent states, no longer under British rule. This assembly was called The Second Continental Congress.
An awesome depiction of these events can be seen in the HBO mini-series, John Adams. Of course, HBO doesn’t get all the credit. Their work was based on a top selling book by David McCullough, titled the same, John Adams.
Interestingly enough, we were not actually independent on July 4th, 1776. No, we had declared our independence, by vote, on July 2, 1776. The formal Declaration of Independence was simply the written explanation of our declaration.
Much can be learned in many other places. The links above will get you started. However, USHistory.org can be an awesome tool as well.
On a side note, each time I visit our capital, in Washington, D.C., I revel at the opportunity to see documents like The Declaration of Independence, The Magna Carta, and The Constitution.