The United States celebrates its Independence Day on July 4, a day of patriotic celebration and family events throughout the country.
In the words of Founding Father John Adams, the holiday would be “the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance… 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.”
I totally agree with you John Adams, so today I plan on celebrating our independence with good friends, good food on the BBQ, loud music, maybe a game of Scrabble and lots of fireworks exploding high into the sky.
The picture above was originally entitled Yankee Doodle, this is one of several versions of a scene painted by A. M. Willard that came to be known as The Spirit of ’76.