Friday, July 1, 2011
4th 0f July--Why Celebrate?
Independence Day is the birthday of the United States of America. It is celebrated on July 4th each year in states and possessions of the United States. Independence Day is the anniversary of the day on which the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress--July 4, 1776.
The founders of the new nation considered Independence Day an important occasion for rejoicing. John Adams said, "I am apt to belive 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 the continent to the other, from this time forward for everyone."
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
-- Benjamin Franklin