My brain is even happier than usual today; I have the day off. Not that I dislike work, you understand, but my brain enjoys variety and a day off during the week is both variety and a treat! Independence Day or the Fourth of July as it is commonly known is a USA federal holiday that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Brittain. The actual legal separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain actually occurred on July 2, 1776 when the Second Continental Congress votged to approve a resolution of independence. Such a resolution had been proposed in June pf that year by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, the Second Continental Congress turned its attention to a statement explaining this decision. The statement, now know as the Declaration of Independence, had been prepared by a committee of five men, Thomas Jefferson being its principal author. No surprise, Congress spent a couple more days debating and revising the wording, which was finally approved on July 4, 1776. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then. So far, USA citizens are still relatively "free." Reaffirming a large measure of continuing personal freedom is another reason my brain is even happier than usual. NOTE: According to statistics recently released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an average of 135 US residents die in car accidents each year on the Fourth of July, making it the deadliest day of the year to drive on US roads. You might decide to enjoy a nice relaxing day at home!