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John Adams Predicted Annual Independence Day Celebrations on July 2nd

Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2019

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Happy Independence Day America - July 4th!

The Fourth of July is synonymous with America's Birthday. However, it is interesting to note that Founding Father John Adams (October 30, 1735 to July 4, 1826) believed that America's Birthday would be celebrated annually on July 2nd. Adams would later became the nation's first Vice President under President George Washington, and then the nation's Second President.

On this day in history, July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (which is today known as Independence Hall), and it passed the resolution declaring independence from Great Britain!  Adams proudly wrote home to his wife, Abigail Adams (November 22, 1744 to October 28, 1818),

"The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that 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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."

In 1776, a group of rebels in Philadelphia pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to a revolutionary idea -- to the self-evident truth that all men  (and women) are created equal.

Adams forecasted the celebrations correctly, but he did not anticipate that Americans would come to celebrate the date when Congress actually adopted the text of The Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, and not the day that the resolution was passed on July 2, 1776.

The Constitutional Walking Tour visits more than 20 sites including the Declaration House where Thomas Jefferson wrote The Declaration of Independence, the President's House where Washington and Adams lived in Philadelphia while each served as President of the United States, Signers' Walk which is the Founding Fathers Hall of Fame, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and more on a 75 minute tour of America's Birthplace. 

Even though we celebrate America's Birthday on July 4th, we offer tours year round. So come see why we say that Every Day is Independence Day in America's Birthplace!

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