Independence Day - Have Faith in America

By Sen. John Thune

In July 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife of Independence Day, “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations … 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.”

Although Adams thought we would celebrate July 2 – the day the Continental Congress voted to declare independence and two days before the Declaration of Independence was approved – our celebrations still resemble what Adams described. Fireworks...


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