According to historians, the 13 United States of America actually voted to separate from Great Britain on July 2, 1776 -- not July 4, the day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
From the outset though, Americans celebrated the event annually on July 4.
In a letter to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote:
"But the Day is past. The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."
Let's check Mr. Adam's predictions.
1. Celebrated as the great anniversary festival? Check.
2. Solemnized with pomp and parade, shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations? Check
3. "The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most celebrated Epocha, in the History of America?" Looks like Mr. Adams, as Maxwell Smart would say, "missed it by that much."
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Speaking of Independence Day, I hope everyone remembers to come out on Monday evening to watch the annual fireworks display, which is once again funded through donations after the Kennett City Council voted to cancel funding for the event in May 2010 citing budget concerns.
The display will take place at its usual location, where the Kennett Airport meets the Kennett Country Club, beginning at dusk.
The annual event lets local residents leave the explosive spectacles to the experts so we can all sit back and "ooh" and "ahh."
Here's to a safe and happy Independence Day. Let's hope the Kennett Fire Department isn't too busy and can spend a nice night enjoying the festivities with their families.
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Goody for Goody's
Anyone who read my last column will know that the Kennett Humane Department held an adoption at Goody's on Saturday. I was there, along with my wife and son, my sister-in-law, Kennett Human Officer Tena Petix, Kennett Police Officer Alan Campbell, and a few others.
I'm happy to say that at the end of the day, Tena said 11 animals were adopted out to forever homes, and around $100 in donations were given to the KHD.
Thanks to everyone who showed up in support of the Kennett Humane Department and their four-legged friends.
George Anderson is the managing editor of the Daily Dunklin Democrat.