Happy Independence Day!

Today is Independence Day, which marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

It was also the first step toward creating the greatest, most free country in world history.

While Americans today celebrate with barbecues and fireworks, the Founders celebrated a little differently.

In 1777, thirteen gunshots were fired in salute, once at morning and once again as evening fell, on July 4 in Bristol, Rhode Island. Philadelphia celebrated the first anniversary in a manner a modern American would find familiar: an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks. Ships in port were decked with red, white, and blue bunting.

In 1778, from his headquarters at Ross Hall, near New Brunswick, New Jersey, General George Washington marked July 4 with a double ration of rum for his soldiers and an artillery salute (feu de joie). Across the Atlantic Ocean, ambassadors John Adams and Benjamin Franklin held a dinner for their fellow Americans in Paris, France.

While leftists and the MSM – but I repeat myself – spend their days trashing the United States, think about the outstanding men and women who risked their lives for this great experiment in freedom.

8 thoughts on “Happy Independence Day!

  1. God bless America and BBQs. And fireworks. And beer. And especially God bless little children waving the American flag.

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