All across America people will be celebrating this country's birthday in many different ways. What ever you are doing on this day whether it's just relaxing and enjoying the day off or back yard barbecuing, lets all give some thought to the brave men that fought for our freedom many years ago, hang that flag that you have tucked away, watch it fly and rejoice that we really are "Land of the Free".
I'm not sure what my plans will be this 4th. Maybe spend it with some old high school friends, or maybe just grab a bucket of fried chicken from Earl Abels and watch the fireworks at nearby Fort Sam. What ever it is you do I hope you have a glorious day doing it.
Other Big Day
4,1776! That's the big American day...the date that a Declaration of
Independence was adopted, and because of it, names like Jefferson and
Hancock are easily remembered.
about farmer Caesar Rodney and July 2, 1776, you ask?
That was the
day when the Continental Congress met to try to break a deadlock in
voting. The day before, July 1st, a preliminary vote to break with
the mother country showed nine colonies in favor, two opposed, one
abstaining, and one deadlocked.
By July 2nd,
the two opponents had come over for independence, as had the
abstainer. That left one remaining questionable state, Delaware...a
very important vote, if you will. For, the members of congress
believed that unanimous approval was essential to break something as
important as a 169-year-old political tie.
July 2nd, Delaware's third delegate, Caesar Rodney, after an all-night
ride, entered the State House on Walnut Street in Philadelphia.
thunder and rain delayed me" he explained, matter-of-factly.
Then he reported Delaware's support for independence.
Though it was
years in coming, independence was settled that day. Thirteen states
declared they ought to be free and independent.
July 4th was
then inevitable. And, it had to happen, just as it did, because of
July 2nd and a farmer named Caesar Rodney.