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Are We Celebrating on the Wrong Day?


Joseph Ellis seems to think so.

Update: From a reader:

Dear Mr. Goldberg,
This Ellis fella seems to think we’re pretty dumb, celebrating on July 4 when nothing happened. I know I wasn’t there, so I don’t know for sure what happened. I figure he must have traveled back with Mr. Peabody and Sherman on the Wayback Machine to be so smart. I celebrate on the Fourth, because on that piece of parchment in the National Archives, the first words printed, right there at the very top say: “In CONGRESS. July 4, 1776.”
That’s enough for me.

Sounds about right. The use of the word “fraud” in the Daily Beast’s headline strikes me as particularly silly.


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