On July 3rd, 1776, John Adams sent a now-famous letter to his wife, Abigail, describing what he thought the future of Independence Day would look like:
I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary festival. 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.
As we know, Adams’ prophecy came true. Independence Day is indeed celebrated with “pomp and parade.” From the fantastic firework displays to the patriotic music, the 4th of July has become a grand celebration like no other.
I think one of the things I like most about Independence Day is that it makes me feel a connection with those first Americans who lived and died so long ago. It’s comforting to know that the feelings of patriotism and pride I feel are exactly what they felt.
Here’s an example of one of the earliest Independence Day celebrations that took place in Philadelphia back in 1777: Read More