Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
“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.” Bet you don’t hear that quoted a lot.
Did you catch the first line? He wrote that we actually declared our independence from Britain in Philadelphia on July 2! It was done and official on the 2nd. but some of the guys didn’t sign till the 4th so the headlines picked up momentum two days later.
Here’s an interesting if not strange fact, three of America’s first five presidents died on July 4.
Bitter rivals John Adams, the second president, and Thomas Jefferson, the third, died hours apart on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Adams was 90 and passed away in Massachusetts and Jefferson was 83 and died in Virginia.
The fifth president, James Monroe, died on the Fourth in 1831.
The BIG thought being that we all forget what a near miracle it was for a fledgling string of colonies, with citizen soldiers to take on the same British armies that beat Napoleon and defeated them.
America is an experiment in mans ability to govern himself based on shared values that sustain a population in voluntary submission to elected officials. Egypt could not wait 3 years to legally evict a President and I fear that without a stronger moral consensus based on shared values in our country, we will see days of anarchy in the future when “independence” from God plants anarchy in the hearts of the decedents of liberty..