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Fireworks over NYC. Photo by Andrew Prokos.

July 3rd, 1776, a letter from John Adams to his wife Abigail…

“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.”


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    • John Adams basically invented the idea of celebrating the 4th of July with parades and fireworks . just on another day. He was talking about celebrating the events of July 2nd (his letter home was dated July 3). July 4 is the date that appears at the very top of the Declaration of Independence and it quickly became the day to celebrate our independence.Philadelphia and the Continental Congress held the first official commemoration on July 4, 1777.

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