"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my Strength, and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

John Adams to Abigail Adams
Philadelphia July 3d. 1776

"...But the Day is past. The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, 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 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. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not."

Well, I note that John Adams fails to mention BBQ and watermelon but I'm sure it fits in here with the general thoughts of celebrations and "illuminations". I shall start cooking this afternoon as the family begins to gather this afternoon for the annual BBQ festivities tomorrow. The flag is already flying.

Happy 4th of July! Happy freedom! I thank God for our freedom every day..


Cynthia said...

Love the history info! Happy 4th!

Kathy in WA said...

How interesting! Well, two days isn't off by much. :)