“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America,” Adams wrote. “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.”
July 2nd was the day the decision was made. In 1777, they planned a first year celebration on July 4th…
“After each ship’s cannon fired a 13-gun salute (in honor of the 13 colonies), the festivities continued, including an elegant dinner, a military demonstration and a performance by a Hessian band. “The evening was closed with the ringing of bells,” the Evening Post reported, “and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks (which began and concluded with thirteen rockets) on the Commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated.””
CELEBRATION for we are Independent and FREE blessed by almighty God and LORD of All to God be the glory! Our freedoms is the most precious thing to us that we do not take for granted. Thank you to all the military for sacrificing so much so we can remain FREE! Happy Birthday America! Celebrate!