Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Declare your Independence

Even John Adams knew today was a day to be celebrated. Did you know that today was the day the founders of this nation declared their independence with the approval of the Declaration of Independence? 

Here's an excerpt from the letter Mr. Adams wrote Abigail on July 3 of that year.  

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

It's a technicality that we celebrate national independence on the 4th, the day the declaration was officially announced, instead of the day of actual independence. We should call the 4th of July Announcement Day. But whatever. (I had to tell you the above to satisfy my father and brother, both history nerds who remind me of said facts every year on this date.)

Today is a day to be celebrated for another reason altogether . . .

It's my twin sister's birthday! Happy birthday, sis!

Yes that means that it's my day of birth as well. This week is just bursting with birthday. And you know your birth is important when an entire nation celebrates it. Am I right? 

Feel free to celebrate today. Celebrate all week for that matter. Have a parade. Play a few games. Light a bonfire. Live it up. For my birthday. For independence. For John Adams. Just remember the 2nd of July is a memorable day. Worthy of commemoration. John Adams said so. 


  1. Thank you for sharing John and Abigail Adams. I had the pleasure of playing Abigail Adams in a play my freshman year in college. I was brought to tears by their letters. Also happy happy birthday to you and your sis :) Such a very special day and indeed one to be celebrated!

    1. I didn't know you were in a college play! More actors in the family? Who knew? Thank you for the birthday wishes!