This week 236 years ago proved to be one of the most important in our nation's history. On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution declaring the U.S. independent from Great Britain. Then two days later, on July 4, 1776, Congress formally approved the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining the decision to separate from Great Britain.
John Adams described the occasion and his belief in a letter to his wife Abigail 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 forever more."
And so it was and still is today.
As you celebrate Independence Day with your family and friends, remember the 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence -- and all the brave men and women who have fought since that time to defend our nation -- so we could live in freedom. God bless America!