Today marks the 273rd birthday of one of the greatest figures from America’s founding generation: Abigail Smith Adams.
As I have written, the United States of America declared independence from Great Britain on July 2, 1776. The Fourth of July is not America’s birthday. That being said, July 4 is, nonetheless, a day worthy of celebration. After all, it was on July 4, 1776 that the United States became, in the world of Lincoln, a nation “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
For more than two hundred years Americans have been celebrating the anniversary of our independence on the wrong day.
July 4th is not America’s real independence day.