In July, 1176, John Adams wrote to his wife concerning our country’s independence:
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.
Happy Independence Day, everyone!!!
Some Fourth of July fireworks for you:
While you enjoy barbecues, picnics, boating, fishing, fireworks, parades, swimming–whatever you do this weekend to celebrate and to enjoy the holiday–please remember the troops and all of those who have fought and some of whom have died to make us and to keep us free!!!