Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Today in Delaware is Separation Day. Separation Day has always been enjoyed by married couples breaking up but in Delaware on June 15th, 1776, the Delaware General Assembly passed a resolution stating that Delaware, now fighting in the American Revolution, was declaring its independence from Great Britain and Pennsylvania with whom it had shared a Royal Governor. Less than three weeks later, Caesar Rodney, the Speaker of the Assembly, rode 80 miles in one night to arrive in Philadelphia by July 2nd. There, he voted for independence from England and signed the Declaration of Independence.
This event is recorded on the "Great Seal of the State of Delaware" by way of the date "1776". The dates 1704, 1776 and 1787 stands for; The Lower Counties on the Delaware established their own General Assembly in 1704; Separation Day, June 15, 1776, was the day the colonial General Assembly declared Delaware an independent state; Delaware Day, December 7, 1787, was the day Delaware ratified the United States Constitution, being the first state to do so
So lets hear it for Separation Day - Yippee!!!!