Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy Birthday America

Tomorrow is the 4th of July, the day we celebrate the birthday of our great country.  On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted declaring our independence from Great Britian. On July 3rd,  John Adams wrote the following to his wife Abigail:
"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. 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 shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."
Adams Family Papers. Massachusetts Historical Society

Of course he was off a couple days as Independence Day is actually on July 4th, the date on the Declaration of Independence, instead of July 2nd, the date it was approved behind closed doors, but he had the right idea.    For many generations we have celebrated with picnics, reunions, parades, fireworks, fairs, concerts and other fun events.

Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July.  God continue to bless the USA.

R. K. Avery