“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. 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.”
— John Adams, in a letter to his wife, Abigail
July 5, 1776
Adams was wrong on the date, but right for the ages.
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!
No updates on the Fourth barring something more spectacular than this.