We all know that On July 4, 1776 legal separation of the original thirteen colonies from Great Britain was declared. However, what everyone doesn’t know is that John Adams had written a letter to his wife Abigail, foreseeing the importance this act would have on the country from then on.
The letter read…
“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.”
Nowadays, Independence Day is celebrated with fireworks, barbecues and political heads attending public events. Military bases even show their appreciation for this day by performing what is known as a “salute to the union,” by firing a gun for each state in the Americas at noon on July 4. Many traditions have developed over the years as a way for people to join together and celebrate this memorable day.
Some of these traditions include the Bristol Fourth of July Parade held in Bristol, Rhode Island which has survived since 1785. Another major tradition involves the Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, which was developed on Independence Day in 1916 by four men fighting to prove who was the most patriotic. People all over the country unite on this day to remember how lucky we are to have our freedom, and to honor the military for continuing to fight for it. This day goes out to all of the soldiers who are facing the independence war everyday and to those who have lost their lives for it.
Remember to enjoy this day with your family and friends and take a moment to keep in mind why this day is so significant in our history.
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Happy 4th of July!