Happy Independence Day – July 2, 1776

Today, back on July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress debated, unanimously voted, and ratified in to law our Independence. This day, and not July 4th, was the historic day we officially declared our Independence from Great Britain. As a result, for many decades Americans celebrated this momentous occasion on July the second. I love this quote from John Adams, our second president, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence on the milestone significance of this day, “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 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.”

Historical note: It was not until 1870, when the U. S. Congress would decree July 4th as an official federal holiday.

Image Acquisition: This image was handheld using a Nikon Z9 camera/Nikkor 100-400mm S lens @400mm. The Z9’s awesome in-camera vibration reduction allowed me to shoot a shutter speed of 1/13sec., to obtain the desired effect. As an available light photographer, being able to shoot at such slow shutter speeds without a tripod, is a dream come true!

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