Today should be celebrated, but very few people even know why anymore. The fact that the events of Jul 2, 1776, would be forgotten was lamented by several of the Founders of the Republic (of course, they also lamented that future generations would forget what it was all about, and downgrade the republic into what it has become).
Here are some excellent resources to rediscover not only the Foundations of the American Republic, but also why July 2 is more important than July 4.
The website, OurDocuments.gov has a great deal of information about the Founding Documents, not to mention other important forgotten American Documents. It is definitely worth the time to go and peruse the multitude of files. Here are three important documents to view there:
1. The Lee Resolution of 1776
2. The Declaration of Independence
3. The Articles of Confederation
Another site that has amassed some great information on the Founding of the American Republic is The Online Library of Liberty. Their greatest achievement, however, is collecting and making available online the 12 volume, 1904 edition, of the Works of Thomas Jefferson. This includes his autobiography, his correspondence from 1771-1826, and his Notes on Virginia. This site is worth visiting for this information alone, if for nothing else.
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than to learn what it is really about!