Happy Fourth of July, everyone. Happy birthday, America! Am I right?

Not entirely.

Like every other significant and momentous historical event, there are lots of fallacies, legends, and myths surrounding America’s Independence Day. For one, did you know that the Continental Congress voted for independence from England on July 2nd, not July 4th?  The document itself was dated the fourth, hence our national day of drinking, barbecuing, and blowing each other up with fireworks falls two days later than it might have had the document date not diverged from the date of the vote.

To truly love your country, as we all no doubt do, you must truly know your country. That means that you must learn as much about its history as you are able, so that you understand from whence our traditions, legends, and myths originate. Our intention here is not to dissect these myths for the sake of derision, but rather, to explore them and dig deeper into our rich historical foundation. We are excavating our history for the gold nuggets of historical accuracy.