On Tuesday we celebrate the founding of our nation. The Fourth of July commemorates
the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.
Regarding Independence Day, Founding Father John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, on July 4, 1776:
It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of the country to the other, from this time forward forever more.