Independence Day

Happy Independence Day! Today commemorates the approval of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia. They already voted in favor of independence two days earlier on July 2. One may wonder why we don’t celebrate on July 2 instead, but really I’m totally in favor a three-day holiday each year from July 2-4. At least then we’ll avoid the awkward Wednesday day off in the middle of the work week.

This day is significant for other reasons as well. In 1826, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died, both of them signers of the Declaration 50 years earlier. President James Monroe died on this date in 1831. Two key Civil War battles at Gettysburg and Vicksburg were won by the Union on July 4.

Susan and I celebrated by walking the length of Washington Street in Boston (more on that latter) and plan to head out for BBQ and beer (well, I’m having beer).

Here are some early Friday Sillies to celebrate the holiday with a few laughs.

1. The Gettysburg Powerpoint (read the original version too).

2. A classic Simpsons moment involving illegal fireworks.

Read also the City Record and Boston News-Letter post Stupidity Rears Its Head in the Cradle of Liberty for a thoughtful reflection on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Have an enjoyable holiday.