It’s the Fourth of July, and today we celebrate the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Since we don’t have much going on today, here’s a little history lesson: The United States of America didn’t start in 1776. Armed conflict in the American Revolutionary War began in 1775 (“The redcoats are coming!”), and didn’t end until the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. The Continental Congress signed the first Articles of Confederation in 1777 (the first form of US government), but wasn’t ratified until 1781. On September 17th, 1787 the Constitution of United States of America was signed; the official document that still governs our country. But it wasn’t ratified by the states (well, the nine states needed for it to pass) until June 21st, 1788 when New Hampshire voted to ratify the new Constitution. But officially the Constitution, and therefore the United States of America, took effect on March 4th, 1789.
So while July 4th is surely Independence Day, it’s not the birthday of America. The United State’s birthday is actually in March.
We did have one very big piece of news yesterday. Announced on Twitter, an EMAW legacy is joining the #Family after spending his first two collegiate seasons at the University of Virginia.
Eric Gallon, Jr is the son of former Wildcat great running back Eric Gallon, and was originally a 3-star rated LB out of Lakeland Christian HS in Lakeland, FL before signing with the University of Virginia in 2015. According to his UVA bio, he did not redshirt during his time with the Cavaliers, so he will have two years to play at K-State after redshirtting his transfer season. Gallon played in 15 games in his two seasons at UVA, including at least one start, but only notched two tackles.
That’s all there is, Wildcats. Enjoy your Independence Day, shoot off some fireworks (or watch some get shot off), grill, drink adult beverages...just be sure to do it all responsibly!