What Do We Really Celebrate on the 4th of July?

It’s not all BBQs and fireworks.

Image by Trent Yarnell via Unsplash

What’s the history again?

In 1775, gaining independence from Great Britain was not a popular opinion in the colonies. The few who favored it were seen as extremists who had radical views.

But why the 4th?

The simple answer is that the date — July 4, 1776 — was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides that everyone saw. July 2nd was meaningless to those who were not present in the room for the vote.

History is great, but why do I care?

On the 4th, while you’re sipping on a cold one or lighting a match to blow something up, take a minute to think about the fact that you’re celebrating your country.

Former software engineer, current freelance writer, host of the Sex Ed Podcast. I write about tech, sex, love, relationships, and sometimes fiction.

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