US Independence Day

July 04, 2018

On 4 July 1776, the independent nation of the United States of America – current Western superpower and leader of the free world – was born.

Also known as the "Fourth of July", it was the day that the Second Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, severing ties with Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence was a document drafted in the month leading up to this day by five delegates selected from - and tasked by - the Congress of British-American colonies. This “Committee of Five” comprised:

  • principal author Thomas Jefferson (delegate of Massachusetts)
  • John Adams (Virginia, who went on to be the second US president)
  • Benjamin Franklin (Pennsylvania)
  • Roger Sherman (Connecticut), and
  • Robert Livingston (New York).

The first three listed above were selected from the seven Founding Fathers of the United States. These Fathers were the key “Patriots” that had lead the colonial revolt or “American Revolution” against Great Britain, as well as “Loyalists” or “Tories” from within the colonies (see further details below).

After the necessary “resolution of independence” (the 'Lee Resolution;) had been put and approved by the Congress on 2 July 1776, the draft Declaration (to enable independence) was then tabled and debated. After amendments to the draft wording were settled upon, Congress finally approved the document on 4 July and a new great nation was born.

Celebrate the birth of the US by:

  • donning the colours of the red, white and blue, flying the flag of the Star-spangled Banner or tucking into a hot dog, cheeseburger, nachos or other quintessential American cuisine washed down with a milkshake, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Budweiser or American IPA,
  • singing or reciting the American national anthem
  • watching an iconic American movie such as Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Saving Private Ryan, Lincoln, American Graffiti, Forrest Gump, Jaws, Top Gun, Mr Smith goes to Washington, Born on the Fourth of July, Gone with the Wind, or even FargoGroundhog Day or the sci-fi hit Independence Day
  • wishing President Trump all the best in his bold and ambitious endeavours to Make American Great Again and hoping our political class will adopt key elements of the Trump (and Conservative Party) plans here (eg big tax cuts, massive red and green tape reductions and withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord)
  • researching further American’s amazing history and Constitution and reflecting on the impact America has had on shaping the free, democratic world, and/or
  • sharing this Action Plan post on social media with family, friends, fellow patriots and those wanting to maintain Western civilisation

Further details

The American Revolution had been going on since 1765 after the principled stand of “No taxation without representation” was first taken by the First Congress of the American Colonies (the Stamp Act Congress). This was done in protest against the British Parliament passing a pernicious tax and regulation bill (the Stamp Act) that year which sought to extract from and gouge all British colonies (with the prospering American colonies as the key, lucrative target).

Flare ups such as the Boston Massacre (over trade and revenue, 1770), the torching of the British customs schooner, HMS Gaspee (Newport, Rhode Island, 1772) and the Boston Tea Party (taxation again, Dec 1773) led to the beginning of the American Revolutionary Wars (1775-1783) which the seven key Founding Fathers organised and led.

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