Tuesday, July 5, 2011

John Adams on the Proper Celebration of America's Independence

Founding father and then-future second President of the United States, John Adams, thought that America should have properly celebrated the birth of our nation on July 2 since that was the actual date that congress voted for our independence from Britain.  This was not to be though, and instead America’s birthday has been celebrated on the day that congress actually approved of the future third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson’s, inspired document of the Declaration of Independence. 
Regardless, John Adams noted in a letter to his beloved wife Abigail how he thought the celebration of America’s independence should be conducted for all future generations. 
"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.”

Sentiments to which I heartily say, I absolutely concur Mr. President!  Here is hoping that everyone had a wonderful Independence Day celebration yesterday!


John Myste said...

Bonfires from one end of the continent to the other will well nigh burn it up. He said we should celebrate our independence by setting our stolen property on fire. It seems an ironic idea for such an otherwise well-balance man.

T. Paine said...

I can only assume you are hung over from yesterday's festivities, Mr. Myste. :)

John Myste said...

I do not see why you think yesterdays bottles of wine are more potent than those of the day before, of the tomorrow's bottles will be.

S.W. Anderson said...

Adams obviously had no concern about frivolous carbon emissions to screw up the atmosphere and help get America on its path to global warming.

But, what the heck. :)

Hope you had a good Fourth.