May you celebrate and honor everything wonderful about this country... the United States of America!
We are so blessed to live in this great nation. Thank you to our Lord, Jesus Christ, our Forefathers, and our Military, for our Freedom! We know it wasn't free.
Visit the Family TV Schedule to see when your favorite Patriotic Program with Music and Fireworks - airs on July 4th!
July 1776 ~
John Adams thought that the vote for independence on July 2nd would be the day commemorated; he did not foresee that Americans—including himself—would instead celebrate Independence Day on the date that the announcement of that act was finalized - July 4, 1776.
In a letter to his wife, Abigail Adams, John wrote:
"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 find those words to be a beautiful decree from the heart of our Forefather and second President, John Adams ... that this day... ultimately celebrated on July 4th... "ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty."
I agree wholeheartedly that our celebrations, picnics, parades, Patriotic Songs and Hymns, and Firework Displays should all be in glory and honor of our Lord, God Almighty... our Creator who has blessed each and everyone of us who live in this great country! How wonderful that this tradition of marking our Patriotism to America is still carried out Over 200 years later!
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
For the Full Letters of John Adams to his wife, Abigail -
please visit Adams Electronic Archive