John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, with regard to Independence Day:
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.
Let us not ever forget those who down through the decades have offered up their “toil” and sacrificed their “blood” and “treasure” to “support and defend these States” so that “posterity may tryumph.”
God bless our fallen, our veterans, and our troops. God bless the United States of America.
We here at WTPOTUS wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July. Eat, drink, and be merry.
Happy Birthday to our Beloved Country!!!!