I have many followers, readers and writing friends in the USA and I would wish you all a very happy Independence Day. Here is some of your history:-
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain.
Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written 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.
Finally a poetic offering.
Gain independence – a rite of passage.
Fly the cosy nest of security.
Do we really understand the message?
Is it the promise of a warranty?
A sign that finally we have grown wise,
mature enough to apply reasoning?
Or a false dawn cutting us down to size
by the prodigious problems presenting.
Blithely setting sail on the sea of life
tackling situations round the world
aiming to settle political strife
based on a flag so recently unfurled.
Only two hundred years of history
doesn’t crack diplomatic mystery!