Today is a significant day in American history.
In 1775, George Washington took command of the Continental Army. The San Francisco Mint was established in 1852. The final day of the Battle of Gettysburg was in 1863. And in 1890, Idaho was admitted as the nation’s 43rd state.
But you may be wondering what everyone was doing on July 3, 1776. Were they eagerly anticipating independence? Did they know that the following day would become one of the most celebrated holidays for our nation? Were they focused on winning a war against those who would oppress our country with taxes and refuse us representation in government?
There were most likely some preparations going on, and obviously the war was already underway. There may have been some delegates jumping up and down in excitement, and others may have been relaxing with a cup of tea before the big meeting.
It’s impossible to project exactly what will happen when representatives of the people gather to decide anything. Will their decision be a lasting one? Will it echo through years? Or will it be repealed, forgotten, or ignored? You don’t walk into a congressional meeting thinking, “this is the day that I and my colleagues make history.”
Or maybe you do.
The Second Continental Congress certainly did.