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’ prediction was off by two days, but the rest remains true. We do celebrate as a nation, and we celebrate those inalienable rights our forefathers fought for: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
This year, our celebrations will be tamer than in years past. But maybe that frees us up to do the part of the Independence celebrations that we usually skip – acts of devotion to God, giving thanks to God Almighty, who has so blessed our nation. May we never take for granted what this nation stands for.
With thanksgiving for all that we have,