There are certain dates that people circle on their calendar. Year to year, these dates may change for some, with the incidental importance one day may hold to the next. Vacations, doctor’s appointments, dates, family reunions, etc. are all important. They affect us all differently, at varied stages of our lives. One date, however, on the calendar of most Americans, is generally highlighted. The fourth day of July is significant for all of us.
The story of Independence Day is familiar to us. For those of us born here, we learn it at the earliest stages of our primary education, and those newly sworn in citizens of our country learn it as part of their journey in their quest to become an American. In the sweltering summer of 1776, from the city of Philadelphia, there convened the Second Continental Congress. From this august body was proclaimed, no, declared, on July 4, independence for the 13 colonies then at war with Great Britain.Since that day, which is celebrated as our national birthday, Americans come together in a way that no other day of the year can quite capture. Interestingly, the day has some stirring, and at times strange parallels. Seven such occurrences come to mind.