Graduation Speech : Independence Day Essay

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Independence Day, July Second 1776 July Fourth in the United States of America is the day that we as a nation celebrate our independence from the British Empire. Although Independence Day is celebrated on July Fourth, it should be celebrated on July Second, because that is the day that congress truly motioned for independence. There are many factors that led to July Fourth becoming the national holiday celebrated today. From misconceptions about the actual day of signing the Declaration, to delayed celebration due to the ongoing fight for independence. Also including the deaths of both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson on July Fourth, 1826 (Pahl pg. 214). Events such as this are said to have cemented the day into history more so than it ever was before. Which took all of the historical relevance from the Second of July. To preface the argument the reader must first be brought up to speed on the history behind the days leading up to July Fourth, 1776. The first step in officially separating from the British Empire, outside of starting a war in mid-April, was taken on June Seventh, 1776 by Richard Henry Lee who rose to the floor of Continental Congress and presented a resolution stating the United Colonies free of British rule. Then on June Eleventh, 1776 according to the notes taken by the Secretary of Congress, Charles Thompson, “Congress constituted [Thomas] Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingstone as a Committee of Five responsible…

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