John Adams told Americans how to celebrate our independence in a letter to his wife, Abigail. He noted:
"...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. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means..." ~~~John Adams July 3, 1776
How do you celebrate the 4th of July? Would Adams be pleased?
Most people intuitively know to revere and respect this day. I have discovered, throughout the years, that respect is a very prevalent attitude wherever you go on the Fourth of July. People are celebrating in some way or other and usually in a large-group setting. Fire works in the evening are a must for most and they will travel miles to find them. People, on a very deep level, are thankful on this day. People love the freedom this country provides no matter what their party affiliation. I sense this and I know it is true for the majority. Of course, the kids just think its fun to have a day of fireworks!
I totally agree with you on your note that despite political affiliation, the majority of Americans love freedom and love this country.
And, I like you, think it shows on the 4th of July.
I had an incredible experience on 4 July 2002---less than a year after 9/11.
I was at L.L.Bean (Freeport, Maine) for the annual 4th of July parade and concert and fireworks. Just as the band was playing a song called "We the People" and getting the crowd to sing-along, the fireworks---unrelated to the show, started.
The audience was overcome with patriotism and with the freedom we all enjoy and will do (I think and hope) just about anything to preserve.
As long as I live, I will remember that night.
Here is a link to that band/song:
Since it's right around the time of my birthday, my family and I will be celebrating with joy and thankfulness for living in such a great nation! Happy Birthday to both of us!
I am actually planning to write a hub about how this is a Cancerian nation and we really just need to CLOSE our borders to protect our revered home and family life…
According To Me... (another fellow crab!)
So zero immigration to celebrate when a wave of immigrants took over the place? (Hides greencard under mousepad).
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