The glorious fourth

James G. Carrier (jgc5p@UVA.PCMAIL.VIRGINIA.EDU)
Sun, 3 Jul 1994 14:21:01 -0400

3 July, 1994

Dear Folks,

I have just come across the request for clarification of
just what it is that people in the United States celebrate
on 4 July.
You may not know that over the past decade or two the
government of the USA has moved more and more national
holidays from the day of the event itself to the day at
which it is to be celebrated. (For example, birthday
holidays are no longer on the day of birth of the person
involved, but are now declared for dates that are altogether
more convenient for employers).
This applies to the fourth of July. It is now the day
that people in the US celebrate the most important event in
1776, the publication of _The Wealth of Nations_.

Caveat lector,

James G. Carrier

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