The Right Coast

July 04, 2004
July 2 versus July 4
By Mike Rappaport

Gail writes about the controversy over celebrating independence on July 2 (honoring John Adams) versus July 4 (honoring Thomas Jefferson). But surely this dispute has already been decided by providence. After all, on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration, both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died, as clear a sign that July 4 is the right day as anything we are ever likely to get!