Independence Day – July 4th, 2012
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.
—John Adams, Letter to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776
Of course, we celebrate the Fourth of July, instead of the Second. It’s not that Mr. Adams got it wrong because The Declaration was passed on 2 July, but the adoption of it did not become official until 04 July.
I will not be doing, as is my tradition, an extensive Independence Day posting because we are having my parents over today. Besides, my crazy cousin, Richard McEnroe is posting July 4th themed posts, one an hour, throughout the day and I think it would be folly to attempt to try and top the man.
So please do head on over to Three Beers Later, pull up a virtual seat, and enjoy. He promises to have some clips from 1776, my favorite musical.
There are, however, a few posts I want to bring to your attention…
-Smitty has posted this year’s Independence Day greeting from The Leader Of The Free World.
-If you’re in a jolly mood, why not head on over to The Daley Gator and wish Doug and Ed a ‘Happy Blogiversary’.
-Also, do check out Chris Muir’s dead-on-accurate Day By Day comic strip for today.
-The World’s Youngest Blogger, Itty-Bitty-Smitty, has published his first July Fourth post — he was otherwise occupied last year at this time [go #OccupyWomb!] — and it’s a balanced mix of patriotism and heavy metal cute.
-Some more from John Adams:
The fundamental article of my political creed is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power, is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratical council, an oligarchical junto, and a single emperor. Equally arbitrary, cruel, bloody, and in every respect diabolical.
—Letter to Thomas Jefferson, 13 November 1815
-God shed His Grace on thee.