Happy 2nd Of July!


When I was in high school, I went to this youth group. Our new pastor was trying to get it going, and since there were precious few kids in our church, I couldn't not go.

It was alright. We played a game a did a study. But oh, what happened during that game still eats me up.

We split up into two teams and played a trivia game. The teams were neck in neck, and finally it came to be my turn to answer a question.

The question was either "When did our nation declare independence?" or "When was the Declaration of Independence signed?"

Oh, trick question, I thought. Any person could blurt out "The Fourth of July!", but I knew that wasn't accurate.

After thinking about it for a moment, I decided that I was pretty sure it was July 2nd. So that's what I said.

I was told I was incorrect, and then this snotty boy (who was just rude), looked at me like I was the most stupid person he had ever encountered, and exclaimed, incredulous, "It was July 4, 1776!"

I proceeded to tell him that no, that wasn't accurate, and I'd have to look it up for him. We got into a nice little discussion about it, in which he left patting himself on the back for knowing when we declared independence, and I left with extreme annoyance because all these people just believe whatever their teachers told them in school, and they were all wrong.

Well, today I feel vindicated.

Because last night, as I was reading John Adams by David McCullough, I was vindicated once again!



The vote to declare independence was taken on July 2, 1776 and passed unanimously, because no colonies who were opposed chose to vote (they knew it was the best thing for the nation, even though they couldn't in good conscience vote in the affirmative).

Right after the events of the day, John Adams wrote in a letter to Abigail that:

"The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more."

The actual signing of the Declaration of Independence didn't take place until August 2, 1776.

So whatever the question was (I can't remember the exact wording now), I was correct - the answer was not July 4th. The only thing that happened on July 4th was that they repeated the vote once more, with the same results.

Somehow, as they were trying to recall the events of that time when they were old men, Adams and Jefferson thought that the signing of the Declaration took place on July 4th, but that was incorrect, because it took the printer an entire month to create that beautiful document that is still on display in the Smithsonian today. Their incorrect recollection may be the reason why we celebrate our nation's birthday on July 4th.

So take that, snotty boy! I hope someday you find out that you were wrong and feel rotten for treating me like I was stupid.

There. I just needed to get that out of my system.

So Happy Birthday To Our Country! (Even though the actual celebration won't be until the Fourth.)


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Marissa said...

Now I know!!

Rebecca Louise. said...

Haha go you Callie! I hate it when I know I am right and feel vindicated liken that.

AmyK said...

Haha! I'm glad I'm not the only one that remembers that July 2nd was an even more important day, technically, than July 4th!

You were also right that it was a trick question: he wouldn't take the right answer, and in order to get it "right" in his eyes you had to be wrong! Trickery!

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

haha, I love this! I identify quite well with your personality!

katie beth said...

I love this! I had no idea. I think I probably should have learned this in school... but I didn't (at least not that I remember).

Lauren said...

hahaha! Love this! Thanks for sharing the info!

Jenene said...

Great. That question will probably come up on the citizenship test that I'll take someday, and now I don't know what they'll want me to answer! I wonder if the immigration people even know the right answer?

Also, you're funny. :)

Rae said...

I totally agree with you, Callie! And your post made me laugh, because I remember when that happened :)

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