Why do we celebrate the 4th of July?

Happy Independence Day!

Here is an excerpt from a letter to Abagail Adams, from her husband John Adams, describing how our newly found independence should be celebrated and remembered.

“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

Question: 235 years later how are we doing?

Pomp and Parade? Check!

Shows? Sports? Guns? Well? The picnic we went to had games and sports, but was a little light on the gun play. But, we’ll give it a “Check.”

Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations? Well, what we lack in bells and bonfires we make up in Illuminations! Check!

Acts of Devotion to God? Well? Not so much.

Not only is the 4th a completely secular holiday many Americans have forgotten, or never knew, why we celebrate the 4th of July it in the first place! A study by maristpoll.com, released this week, found that only 58% of Americans could name the correct date the we established out Independence, and 1 in 4 Americans didn’t know who we gained our independence from.

So, amongst the fireworks and barbecue today, take a minute to learn a new fact about how we gained our independence, (assuming you already knew the two I just sighted) thank someone who has served in our military, (Thanks to Tony B., Theresa J.,) and then say a prayer of thanks to God that we live in such a blessed nation.

Happy 4th of July everyone!

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