HAPPY 4th of JULY !
First published here on July 4, 2006:
“In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Congress approved the wording of the Declaration on July 4 and then sent it to the printer.
In 1776, John Adams declared, “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 shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”
 Letter to Abigail Adams,” quoting Wikipedia.
“People & events that made our country so great”
Read more from MSN.
– The Declaration of Independence
From The Boston Globe, July 4, 2008.
– UPDATE: July 4, 2014
– “Firework Regulations and Shows in Pierce and Thurston Counties”
From the Nisqually Valley News.
– “Flashback: Lady Liberty Celebrates a Milestone Birthday”
“Tom Brokaw reports from the New York harbor in 1986 on the 100th birthday of the Statue of Liberty.”
From NBC News.
– “Will the United States ever be free again?”
“Exclusive: Patrice Lewis contrasts price of liberty with price of enslavement”
– “Say goodbye to Americas landmarks this Independence Day”
By Chris Trejbal, America’s Blog.
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