As the history buffs of this crowd know, however, July 4th isn't the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, but of its public release -- though dated the 4th, the founding document was approved by the Continental Congress two days earlier. So, in that light, a Happy (Actual) Independence Day to one and all.
On a related note, it appears this July 2nd finds history repeating itself closer to these pages' home-beat. More as the final kinks are cleared up... but in the meantime, even though the fireworks began last week, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better interlude than the secular rite of the bells and cannons:
As always, stay tuned.