Can't help but post something on the auspicious day!
Happy 4th July to all across the Pond!
Jogging my memory-banks I found I knew little about this date in history.
(Shame on me)
The idea of big, big celebrations springs to mind...but what's the origin, I ask myself.
4th July, 1776
Congress declared (unanimously) the Thirteen United States of America!
This being depicted even today by the flag having 13 stripes.
So, for the first time I've found the Declaration and read through it word by word. An amazing piece of Literature, historic, authoritative and to use modern parlance...Life Affirming.
To think that over here (Blighty) we have no such nor similar document. The closest we get (I think) is the Magna Carta or Great Charter that the Barons forced the King to sign.
17th June 1215
At Junior school we did a very brief outline of the Grand Charter, so as am having a 'finding out' day; I've downloaded a copy of it to read.
I hadn't realised what a lengthy document it is.
The two documents are so different from one another!
The Declaration is as relevant today as when it was written.
The Magna Carta is truly an historic document, but also a snapshot of Medieval life.
So, if you have time and inclination, why not do as I did and read both documents (smile).