This Saturday, July 4, marks the country’s 244th birthday. Actually, the original date intended by John Adams to celebrate the new nation’s independence from Great Britain was July 2. But, things happen, as is the case this Fourth of July. Even so, enjoy the day in small and safe ways.

“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America,” wrote Adams as noted online at masshist.org. “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival…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.”

– Lisa D. Connell

Editor

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.