By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (Fourth of July – 2020) – In Issue 20 of Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps feature, we learn our Independence Day celebration could have been as early as July 2, or as late as August 2nd.

Steve Kovacs, eyes focused skyward in anticipation of 4th of July Fireworks lighting the sky above (File)

Happy Birthday America!

The intent by the 13 colonies to gain independence from Britain was brewing for a while.  But the actual event arguably has multiple significant dates: July 2, 1776 when the Continental Congress voted to approve the Resolution of Independence, proposed by Lee of Virginia; July 4, 1776 when the final wording of the Declaration of Independence document was approved; and, when the Declaration of Independence was finally signed by all, which wasn’t until August 2, 1776.  

Which would you pick as Independence Day if you could do it over again?    

Enjoy the nation’s birthday, which has been celebrated with parades, fireworks and the like – continuously since 1785 in Rhode Island.  A bit tuned down this year . . .

Here is the map of the United States by John Tallis, an Englishman, from 76 years later.        

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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U.S.A map – 1852 (76 years after Declaration of Independence) (Credit Steve Kovacs)