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"Happy July 2” T-shirt with John Adams and his quote on the back

Regular price $ 28.95 USD
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Our original design, with "Happy July 2" on the front and, on the back, an image of John Adams with his famous pronouncement, 

"The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.”

— John Adams, Philadelphia, July 3, 1776
The shirt:
  • Light blue heather - Our standard 4.3 oz. poly-cotton shirt that gets rave reviews. Our softest shirt. It's also our thinnest and lightest. It is very high-quality and long-wearing, but it is thin and light. Lots of people love them, which you can see in the reviews, but if you judge t-shirt quality based on weight or thickness, do not get this one. Sizes S - 3X. See size chart.

You may also find this design in a women's v-neck shirt and a women's tank top.


Historical background

John Adams, writing to his wife from Philadelphia on July 3: 

"The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. — I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. — Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not."

(Spelling from the original. "Epocha" is an archaic form of "epoch.")

Why July 2? The Continental Congress declared freedom from Britain on July 2. They approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4.

As explained by The Constitution Center:

After voting on independence on July 2, the Continental Congress then needed to draft a document explaining the move to the public. It had been proposed in draft form by the Committee of Five (John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson) and it took two days for the Congress to agree on the edits.
Once the Congress approved the actual Declaration of Independence document on July 4, it ordered that it be sent to a printer named John Dunlap. About 200 copies of the “Dunlap Broadside” version of the document were printed, with John Hancock’s name printed at the bottom. Today, 26 copies remain.
That is why the Declaration has the words, “IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776,” at its top, because that is the day the approved version was signed in Philadelphia.
On July 8, 1776, Colonel John Nixon of Philadelphia read a printed Declaration of Independence to the public for the first time on what is now called Independence Square."




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      • $7.95 for Woven blanket, hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, and mugs.

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      • $11.95 for Shirts, long sleeved shirts, v-necks, tank tops, prints, posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendant, and button packs.

      • $14.95 for Woven blanket, hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, and mugs.

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      Customer Reviews

      Based on 5 reviews
      Ralph C.
      Honesty in advertising.

      I got exactly what I ordered, and it was EXACTLY what they said it would be and what I expected. That may seem like a low bar to clear; but, not so! Material, size, texture, color, timely delivery, . . . . Well done!

      Jason B.
      Fantastic shirt

      This is the perfect shirt for history nerds and a great conversation starter at 4th of July celebrations. The shirt is good quality and fits true to size.

      Charles M.
      Happy July 2nd T-shirt

      I was very pleased with myself for having ordered this shirt in time for this year's Independence Day Celebrations. I had multiple strangers comment about it or ask me questions once they saw it. As a History teacher, any way to open the door to a teachable moment works for me. I ordered one in the same size (XL) as a t-shirt I ordered last year, and I think it may have been just slightly more snug than the previous order, but my wife promptly reminded me I never got back to the gym after the pandemic restrictions in VA were lifted and that maybe if I want my shirts to be comfortable again, I could cut back on the Doritos. Either way, I love the shirt. Thanks HL.

      Eowyn D.
      Loved it!

      I gave it as a gift to my father who is Revolutionary War buff and reenactor. He absolutely loved it!!

      Christopher P.
      July 2 shirt

      You will think me transported by enthusiasm but I am not. I am now aware of the excellence of this shirt. 10/10 will wear again while celebrating the severance of ties with England. 🇺🇲🇺🇸🇺🇲

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