If you’re American you probably don’t think too much about it but the vast number of countries have Independences days.
For the quick historical recap: Hostilities between the Colonies and The kingdom of Great Britain started with Stamp Act in 1765. From the Boston Massacre in 1770 to the Boston Tea Party in December 1773 to the group of rag tag farmers firing a volley at North bridge and officially kicking off the American Revolution with the “shot heard round the world” at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, Patriots did not have a seminal event that they used to acknowledge their independence. July 4th, 1776, the day we celebrate, was the day when we DECLARED OUR independence but it would be another 5 years before we would effectively WIN our Independence in the Fall of 1781 at York Town. It would be another two years, September 3rd 1783 when that liberty was enshrined in the Treaty of Paris.
What sets America apart from other countries is the significance of the date with which we choose to celebrate our independence. Most countries celebrate the day they were officially free from Alien rule, either through non violence like Iron curtain countries after the fall of the USSR, or with their victory after a bloody struggle.
But Not us.
We celebrate our independence coincided with the day not when it was relinquished and not when we won it but when we DECLARED it, a ballsy self fulfilling prophecy if ever there was one.
The Capturing of Boston, to the Loss Of New York, through Valley Forge and the forges friendships with Lafayette and Zee French were just steps in the Dance of a preordained Waltz as far as the Founders were concerned as the real independence was when they immediately signed their names after the words “mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor,” to the Document that started like no other document before:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Lofty words from Thomas Jefferson.
Ben Franklin would have kept it simple: “Hey George… piss off.”
Happy 4th everybody. The original Brexit, the one that took a shorter duration of time and was never in doubt 😉 🇺🇸