Friday, July 9, 2010

Vermont Independence Day

Today is Vermont Independence Day, commemorating the date in 1777 that Vermont declared its own independence, not only from Great Britain, but from New Hampshire and New York as well; however, Vermont's separation from those states was not recognized until it became the 14th state, in 1791. It is for this reason that one of its leading secessionist organizations is known as the Second Vermont Republic. The green flag was that of Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys during the American Revolution, and is the symbol of the Vermont independence movement.

Vermont's secessionist sentiment is clearly displayed in these two photos from American Independence Day parades in that state.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Uh, Harold, hate to rock your boat but Vermont Independence Day recognizes Vermont's initial application under the US Declaration of Independence for statehood. I'd be happy to share references to the original documents with you.

The pictures you show do not represent what would normally be seen here on VID since the date is January 15. Those shots are from Rob Williams' trolling for support (he got none) in a Waitsfield JULY 4 parade. Attire should say it all. And if you don't believe me, check the the VT Secy of State website; I believe the Waitsfield vote for the secesher guv candidate was under 1% (8)