Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July 4th, Independence Day

The bedecked lions on South Second Street remind us that July 4th, Independence Day, is on the horizon.

The date is the anniversary of the publication of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776.

Years before becoming our second president, John Adams said of the day:
"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."


Eric J. White said...

Don't want to be a nitpicker, but he said that about July 2.

Joe Lintner said...

You're right. There seems to be some dispute about the date. Some believe that the founders actually signed the document on August 2nd.