As America celebrates the July 4th holiday this week, it is worth noting that the resolution of American independence was first approved in a closed session of Congress not on July 4th, but on July 2, 1776.
Congress actually revised the Declaration for final approval on July 4, 1776.
The only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as President of the United States were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
Coincidentally, both John Adams (the second President) and Thomas Jefferson (the third President) died on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.
What is also worth sharing is the remarks made by John Adams in a letter to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776:
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch 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 forever more.”
John Adams may have miscalculated America’s Day of Independence by two days, but his remarks set the tone for celebration for the next 236 years (and counting).
What I found compelling (and bears repeating) is his recommendation that America’s Day of Independence be:
“Commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”
For me, July 4th has always been a fun holiday of food and fireworks.
And it still serves as the quintessential day of American pride.
But a “day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty?”
I’ll confess it doesn’t always feel that way.
Americans are truly blessed.
Throughout our brief history, countless men and women have given their lives for our freedom.
And today, when you consider living conditions in so much of the world, we have it so good it is embarrassing.
So this week I hope you are also inspired by these remarks from one of our Founding Fathers.
John Adams did not overlook the source of our nation’s blessings.
God Bless America.
America Bless God.
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”
Do you feel John Adams’ vision for America’s Independence Day are in practice today?
Why or why not?
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