Independence Day Fun Fact
When it comes to Independence Day celebrations, a nod to Founding Father John Adams is in order. John Adams (1735-1826)–statesman, diplomat, and second president of the United States–was instrumental in negotiating in favor of independence at the Continental Congresses (1774-78), and signed the Declaration of Independence.
On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail with the following commentary regarding his hopes for Independence Day:
“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.”