Like any other holiday in America, people get offended by celebrations. It’s not polite to wish a Merry Christmas. Instead we shall consolidate all holidays as to not offend minority holidays (please note that we don’t care about offending people, just the holiday itself). Today is the 4th of July. Nobody calls it by its real name (Indie Day) due to the controversial nature of humanity. I agree that we should censor ourselves when it comes to thanking our early country dwellers for freedom so that supporter of oppression won’t feel left out. If you are sensitive to historical data, please leave or cover your political correct brain now…

Independence Day (no, not the movie) of the United States happened in 1776. Today is one of the only days that almost all people of political preferences watch fireworks or other related activities in acknowledgment of the occasion. It’s a moment when the anti-Bush crowd acknowledges war without calling names. It’s a moment when pro-war folks see justification from a good outcome of war. I’m not sure how many casual historians are aware, but we are actually celebrating two day late! Although the Declaration of Independence was formally printed on July 4, 1776, Continental Congress publicly passed the core of the declaration July 2 (now referred to as the Lee Resolution). John Adams said to his wife:

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.

I don’t know if I feel bad for Mr. Adams or a large number of Americans who don’t know this. Although I’m not too keen on many historical dates, I do like to remember this fact. Another little-known tidbit of information is that the the USDoI printed on July 4th hadn’t been signed on that date. The majority actually signed it August 2nd. Even New York was a little late in passing their vote for independence (July 9).

Bringing us back to the present, SciFi Channel brings you the Twilight Zone. If you don’t know, Scifi puts on a marathon every year during this time. I have asked myself, “What is the connection?” I’m not too sure, other than that Rod Serling is American, and probably patriotic as he served in the Army.