Had John Adams been a bit better at predicting the future, we’d all be coming off a three-day weekend.

I think of our second president every time the Fourth of July lands on a Wednesday, which makes it hard to group together with a weekend. Falling in the middle of the week creates a one-day weekend, which hardly leaves enough time to celebrate the birth of the Republic and recover from the celebration of the birth of the Republic.

We put up with the inconvenience rather than suffer the disconnect of having something called the Fourth of July occur on July 3 or 5. But the date itself isn’t as carved in stone as we assume. We stick with it perhaps because it is written in parchment.

For his part, Adams thought an independent America was two days old by July 4, 1776.

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