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. — John Adams
Mr. Adams was off by two days….but other than that small detail (July 2nd was when the 2nd Continental Congress voted to approve the resolution for independence) he was pretty darn right on as far as how we celebrate. As for me and mine, we’ll be doing our 6th annual neighborhood parade on Monday — we’ll also do our part to light up the sky with some illuminations.
Have a safe, happy and blessed Independence Day!