Jul 3, 2008

Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations

From John Adams to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776: "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 Day's Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not."

3 comments:

Megan said...

I love America!!

Allison said...

amen. i love america too. how lucky are we to live here. happy 4th of july! (and happy to see you tonight)

adam said...

for us: hamburgers, pasta salad, watermellon, ice cream sandwiches, illegal fireworks, about as american as it gets!