A Time of Celebration

John Adams’ famous letter of July 3, 1776, in which he wrote to his wife Abigail what his thoughts were about celebrating the Fourth of July…

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.

Happy Independence Day!

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About Jill-O

a girl who likes lakes, trees and critters; making an attempt at living the artistic life.
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4 Responses to A Time of Celebration

  1. commonweeder says:

    A beautiful comment for this important day. Just perfect. Thank you.

  2. linniew says:

    Hi– I just stumbled onto your blog sort of– I’m not much for nationalism but that image of the little girl with the flag made me tear-y, just like when I saw the Statue of Liberty from the ferry. Then I enjoyed your post about summer theatre when you were 19. Life is grand, especially in the summer.

    • jellyfishbay says:

      I find it fascinating that John Adams, in 1776, was so prophetic in how we celebrate this holiday – with pomp and parade, bells, bonfires and illuminations.

  3. Your photos are absolutely perfect for John Adams’ letter. Well done!

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