“My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.”

This is my July 4th posting. It describes the history of July 4th and our celebrations to memorialize the day. I just hope today we’ll celebrate together.

I just love birthdays and today is the grandest of them all. 

On July 3rd 1776, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail. In it, he predicted the celebrations for American Independence Day, including the parties:

“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.”

John Adams expected July 2nd to be Independence Day as that was the day the Second Continental Congress voted for independence, but the signing ceremony for the Declaration of Independence didn’t happen until two days later so because July 4th appears on the Declaration, it became the date we celebrate Independence.

I know some people complain that the meaning of the day is lost in the barbecues and the fireworks, but they have forgotten John Adams’ hope. We are honoring the day exactly as he wished. Flags are waving everywhere. Families get together to celebrate and to break bread, albeit hot dog rolls. Fireworks illuminate the sky. Baseball is played on small town fields and in huge stadiums. Drums beat the cadence in parades. We sing rousing songs celebrating America and our freedom. We also sing heartfelt songs about what America means to us. We are many sorts of people, we Americans. We don’t all look the same, practice the same religion, eat the same foods or dress in the same way, but we all celebrate today.

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” Happy Birthday, America, from all of us Americans.

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11 Comments on ““My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I wonder what John Adams would think about the Republic if he were to return to life today? His letter to Abigal would ring true with parades, fireworks, picnics and celebrations. However, would he be dismayed by the myths perpetrated along with the celebration of national holidays.

    One of those myths concerns the battles for Texas Independence in 1836. That myth surrounds the battle of the Alamo where according to history freedom loving white Texans fought an overwhelming force of Mexican soldiers led by General Santa Anna. That myth has been taught in public schools for decades and has been portrayed in many movies and TV shows. However, a new book, “Forget the Alamo” was to be discussed in Austin this weekend and the event was cancelled by our Republican governor and Lieutenant govorner who were scheduled to attend.

    This book examines the idea that the white Texans who fought for their independence from Mexico was primarily to continue slavery in the cotton fields of East Texas. Mexico had outlawed slavery and gave the Texas settlers a couple of years reprieve to free their slaves. The real reason for the battles for Texas independence was to maintain slavery and not foster freedoms for white settlers. The myth says that the Mexican government was requiring them to learn Spanish and convert to Catholicism. I don’t know if that was true or not. Our Republican elected officials want to stifle any introduction of facts that might weaken that myth of why the battle of the Alamo was fought and not to shine a light on the real reason, white supremacy. It’s a case of don’t confuse me with facts, I’ve already made up my mind.


    Happy 4th of July, Independence Day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      John Adams would have been appalled by what has happened to this country he loved. Adams defended the Red Coats charged in the Boston Massacre because he believed in the rule of law. Adams would never have understood Trump and his dissolution of American law and values. I doubt he’d care about holidays.

      I remember watching a documentary which had information which claimed Crockett hadn’t died but had been taken prisoner and brought to Mexico. A cellmate said he had talked to Crockett.

      The synopsis of the book shows sound historical reasoning. The Texans were aligned with the US in its customs and beliefs. They resented Mexico, but I do know they agreed to conditions which galled them. Mexico had already abolished slavery, but the Texans did not want to lose their free labor.

      Happy July 4th!!

    • katry Says:

      I didn’t know the whole story, but this was actually discussed during the Red Sox game the other night. They were astonished at how much Bonilla got every year. I noticed he had problems with Bobby Valentine. Valentine managed the Sox for only one year then he was fired. There were too many issues with the ballplayers.

      • Bob Says:

        He managed the Rangers for several unsuccessful years. His father in law is Dodger pitcher Ralph Branca. He was the pitcher in the famous playoff game between the Dodgers and the Giants in 1954. Bobby Thompson hit the winning walkoff home run off of Branca to win the National League pennant. It’s been called, “The shot heard round the world”. More baseball trivia. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Thanks!! I love baseball trivia!

      • Bob Says:

        Ops, playoff game of 1951.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Happy July 4th, dear Americans! Have a great party!
    Please stay safe, – health as well as democracy.

    • katry Says:

      Thank you, Birgit. This year is a celebration. So many people are traveling by planes and cars that it is a remarkable comeback from last year.

      I keep my fingers crossed about this democracy. Trump is at it again, cultivating the Big Lie!! Come August he will be reinstated. He and his followers are deluded.

  3. Hedley Says:

    Today I celebrate my second 4th July as an American. As an immigrant who was allowed and chose to live in the USA I wish such an opportunity to those that seek to change their families and their lives.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      That is the best of all wishes!! We are quite glad to have you join all us other Americans!!

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