President John Adams nearly got it right. He predicted that we would be celebrating the 2nd of July as our national birthday.

“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.”

(Quoted from a letter John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776)

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