"Happy July 2” T-shirt with John Adams and his quote on the back
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Introducing our original design shirt! "Happy July 2" is emblazoned on the front, with John Adams' famous pronouncement on the back:
"The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.”
— John Adams, Philadelphia, July 3, 1776
This shirt is perfect for celebrating America's birthday in style! It's made of high-quality materials, and is sure to be comfortable and long-wearing. Get yours today!
- Heather grey - Made in the USA shirt. 90% cotton / 10% poly. Cotton grown, and shirts knitted, dyed, and sewn in the USA. 4.4 oz. S - 3XL. See size chart.
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.
Note that the $3 price difference for the 100% cotton Made in the USA shirt is our higher wholesale cost; there is no additional margin.
You may also find this design in a women's v-neck shirt, women's tank top, and a sticker.
Historical background behind the Design
John Adams, writing to his wife from Philadelphia on July 3:
(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:
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All original designs are copyrighted by The History List
All original designs are copyrighted by The History List
All designs are copyrighted by The History List and the History Nerd text and design on t-shirts is a registered trademark. If you see a knock off, please let me know.
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We always set off a few fireworks on the 2nd for John Adams, and we talk about it every year, so to get a shirt--well, wow! Now folks will--we hope--ask questions & we can spread the news. Huzzah!
I am very much looking forward to giving this to my boyfriend, as his birthday is July 2nd and we joke about the significance of that date. He's going to get a big kick out of this shirt!
We love the color of the flag.The date is so appropriate as it a Birthday of our Grandson. I much appreciate that it is made in the USA.
My shirt is high quality & a perfect fit that shows my love of history.
Great back history of the 2nd versus the 4th! If you get this shirt and someone ask about it (see reviews below) refrain from going into the detailed history unless you want to be label that guy at your event. 🥴
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!
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.
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.