"The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha..." John Adams (submitted by Frankie Anderson)

From July 4, 1777 in Philadelphia, -and since-the date has been celebrated with guns-13 gun salutes, bells, prayers, music, bonfires, parades, with the public reading of the entire Declaration of Independence,  military reviews, and fireworks and decorations of red, white and blue.  Back in that day, even the ships would be decorated for the celebration. 

(Official paid federal holiday become effective 1938.)

Why do we celebrate the 4th of July as we do?

July 2, 1776  Continental Congress “resolved that these United Colonies are, and of right, ought to be, Free and Independent States.”

July 3, 1776  John Adams' famous letter of July 3, 1776, in which he wrote to his wife Abigail what his thoughts were about celebrating the Second of July…..Yes…..  the Second of July, 1776-which is the date the Continental Congress Resolved by a vote,  to separate from England.

July 4, 1776   the Continental Congress adopted text of the Declaration of Independence and had it printed for the first time---the two delegates who signed on  this date: John Hancock & Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress

August 2, 1776  Delegates gathered and actually signed the Declaration; Some signed later in the year. January 18, 1777, Congress authenticated the names by the signature of John Hancock; The other delegates’ names were  altogether-grouped by States

(The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784, Harvard University Press, 1975, 142).

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, 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 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.”   John Adams

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Comment by FCTP on July 9, 2014 at 9:55am

I just talked to someone that had not seen either one!! Hard to believe, but I told her to watch 2016 first to put things into perspective....actually EVERYTHING in perspective.

Wish this thing had a like button...lol!!  Loving the comments people are posting:)

Comment by Alice & Terry Beutien on July 3, 2014 at 9:28pm

The Movie We Have Been Waiting For!  “America” Opened July 2nd!

EPIC Theatres of St. Augustine 16, 112 Theatre Drive, St. Augustine, FL - Call for show times (904) 797-5757

Also showing at several theaters in Jacksonville:

AMC Regency Square 24 IMAX, Cinemark Tinseltown, Hollywood River City 14, Regal Beach Boulevard 18, and Regal The Avenues 20


Comment by Sandy McCorvey on July 2, 2014 at 4:38pm

I saw it at Tinseltown on Southside (Cinemark theater, if you want to look up the movie times) and I believe may be at other theaters too.  It's WELL worth your time.

Comment by bill orr on July 2, 2014 at 4:02pm

where did you see it?

Comment by Sandy McCorvey on July 2, 2014 at 2:12pm

I love American history!  Thanks so much for the post.  I went to see Dinesh D'Souza's movie, "America," today and recommend it as a great thing to include in everyone's celebration of Independence Day this year. 

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