After the Declaration of Independence was signed, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail:
“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.(emphasis mine) You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”
As for that July 2 thing, apparently it took a couple of days for the news to get around, and eventually everyone agreed on July 4 as the day that we would celebrate as Independence Day, and celebrate we should, but we should also take a moment to consider the “toil and blood and treasure” that it took to win the Revolutionary War, and then to defend the United States of America over the last 237 years, including the over 600,000 killed in our Civil War.
If you, or a young person that you know, whose education about the American Revolution consists of condemnations of the Founders for owning slaves or not allowing women to vote, or similar “America is always wrong” crap that is fashionable in public schools today, don’t know about the almost indescribable sacrifices made by George Washington’s troops not only at Valley Forge, but at an even harsher winter at Morristown, New Jersey, it’s worth your time to read about that and reflect.
Enjoy your celebration, but never forget that we are the beneficiaries of an amazing legacy, purchased with boatloads of that afore-mentioned toil, blood and treasure.
Good Bless America.