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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Independence Day!



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, in a letter to his wife Abigail regarding the day the Continental Congress voted unanimously for independence. (Although the vote for independence took place on July 2, the vote was not made public until the Declaration of Independence was edited and adopted by Congress on July 4th.)

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