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Phoenix — By Heather Wright Schlichting on July 4, 2010 at 6:08 am
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4th of July Traditions

holiday, paradeFrom 1776 to 1892, the Adams family (John, Samuel and John Quincy) had been involved in a myriad of Independence Day activities. John Adams (1735-1826) was instrumental in negotiating in favor of independence at the Continental Congresses (1774-78), and signed the Declaration of Independence.

Here is an interesting excerpt from John Adams’ famous letter of July 3, 1776, in which he wrote to his wife Abigail his thoughts about celebrating the Fourth of July.

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 shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.

I think that we’ve taken his advice and done him proud. Enjoy your holiday!

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