“Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, “that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”
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 shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.” From a letter to Abigail Adams from her husband John Adams (3 July 1776) after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
“…I pray that the Church can celebrate the 4th of July this year, by loving the place where we are, and by being honest about all of the ways that we can bless places [in the world] and all the ways our violence can be a curse. And in repenting of that, really turn toward God’s vision for the beloved Community.” (Wilson-Hartgrove)
Happy Independence Day!