Happy Independence Day America!

One of my Travelog Images of Lady Liberty
One of my Travelog Images of Lady Liberty

On July 4, 1776 the Continental Congress ratified what is now known as the Declaration of Independence. As John Adams, one of the signers of the Declaration and the second president of the United States wrote to his wife, Abigail:

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch 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 shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

Adams mentioned the second of July because that is when the Continental Congress initially voted to approve the resolution for independence. The final version of the document was approved two days later, and may have been signed on a date other than July fourth. But the birthday of the United States has always been celebrated on the fourth of July.

A photo from my "Seasons" photography book
A photo from my “Seasons” photography book

Fourth of July Statistics

There were approximately 2.5 million people living in the colonies in July of 1776. For comparison, that is the population of the city of Chicago in 2012 is around 2.7 million. The projected U.S. population in July of 2012 is approximately 314 million. This means the population has grown by a factor of nearly 126 in 236 years. U.S. Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826. James Monroe died on July 4, 1831. U.S. President Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872. In 2011 a total value of $3.6 million consisted of imports of American flags. $3.3 million, or nearly 92% of this amount came from China. Mexico purchased $80,349 worth of American flags exported from the U.S. in 2011. Just more that $232 million worth of fireworks was imported in 2011. The majority of these fireworks came from China. There are numerous locations in the United States with names of a patriotic flavor: Eagle occurs in the names of 35 towns and cities in the U.S. Liberty occurs in the names of 31 towns and cities in the U.S. Independence occurs in the names of eleven towns and cities in the U.S. Freedom occurs in the names of nine towns and cities in the U.S. America occurs in the names of five towns and cities in the U.S.

Now go eat a hot dog, wave your flag and celebrate our amazing nation!   🙂

Photographing America
Photographing America

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Gary R. Hovatter, Colonel, US Army (Retired) says:

    Just happen to be reading E. E. Okins’ book “To Spy or Not to Spy”, his personal narrative of what he says was his years in the early history of the Navy’s highly classified COMINT service. I did a quick key word search of this site and did not find Okins noted, so I’m assuming you are either aware of his brief mention the clipper loss (related to Japanese radio intercepts during his time at the Navy’s monitoring site on Guam) or have looked at it and discounted it. On the off chance that you are not aware of his comments, I thought I would mention it.


    1. Guy says:

      Hello Gary, funny you should mention the book as it was bought to my attention recently and I found it on Amazon. I appreciate the tip and am looking forward to reading it thoroughly. As a personal note, folks like you with many varied backgrounds and experiences will most likely be the only way this mystery will ever be solved.


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