"The Second Day of July 1776 will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. . . . It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."
--John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776
This was the day in 1776 when the Continental Congress decided to sever all ties with Great Britain, and thus John Adams felt this would be a day of great celebration henceforth for our country. Instead, we celebrate July 4th, the day the Declaration of Independence, which was drafted by Thomas Jefferson and edited by the Continental Congress, was adopted.
Speaking of celebrations, today I attended a birthday party for my cousin's son who turned two yesterday. The party had a fireman theme complete with red plastic fireman hats and a candy filled fire truck shaped pinata. It was great fun to watch the little ones each take a turn trying to whack the pinata in hopes of freeing the goodies inside. Today was my birthday as well, so there were two choruses of "Happy Birthday," and besides the fire engine sheet cake, there was even a cake for me. What a wonderful way to spend the day!