This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

Why The Fourth of July really isn't Independence Day

We Americans celebrate The Fourth of July as Independence Day. Even schoolchildren know that the original Independence Day was July 4th, 1776. It wasn't. July 4th, 1776 is the day that we declared independence from England. That was when the revolutionary war started. We didn't gain independence until we won the war, in 1783.

Like any real history, it's not all neat and clean. My family back then knew that even in 1783, it was too early to start celebrating independence. England did not like what we had done, and they continued trying to get this colony back. In 1812, they had their last attempt, and we Americans won again. The most famous battle of that war was fought in the harbor at Baltimore, where a young man wrote a famous poem about what he saw that morning. We won independence twice, and the celebrations began as we remembered the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air.

Oh say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?

It does.
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