“It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other.” 

Happy July 4th!!

I do have an annual musing for today, but I thought I’d just give you my usual paragraph one information first. The weather: today is perfect. The sky is a deep blue unmarred by any clouds. It is 78˚ but doesn’t feel hot. The back of the house, here in the den, is still cool from last night. Speaking of last night, the firecrackers were loud and went on for a while. The dogs slept through it.

My plans for today are simple. I’ll finish here and hit the deck, maybe read a little or even nap a bit. The big excitement is I have a uke concert tonight on the Hyannis Green. We’re playing from the bluegrass book then will end with a few patriotic tunes in honor of the day. I’m going to wear my glitzy red shirt and my Lady Liberty fascinator. Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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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6 Comments on “ “It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other.” ”

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    John Adams’ letter has come true for the past 246 Independence Days. Unfortunately, our 45th, and worst president imaginable, wanted to celebrate Independence Day like the tin horn dictator he desired to be. He wanted a military parade with tanks, guns, and soldiers marching by the White House. Thankfully, calmer heads in his administration prevailed. Hopefully, we never have to survive another presidency of Trump. Our fragile democracy can’t afford the trauma.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      He wanted his own May Day like his idol Putin and all the rest of the Soviet presidents have had. I laughed when this was going on as the talk was how the roads, the streets, would not be able to handle all the weight of the vehicles. While I was hunting down music, I rewatched the video of Trump singing God Bless America at a White House celebration. He was surrounded by singers and musicians. He started singing. It was obvious he didn’t know the words.

      • Bob Says:

        Oops, I thought he wanted the military parade on the 4th of July. Regardless, he’s a bully, a tyrant, and luckily he’s a moron.

      • katry Says:

        No, you’re right about the date. I just used Putin’s day as the reason. Sorry for the confusion.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Some years ago I chose to become an American and all that represents. I look back with fondness on the old country but this is where I raised a family and have been blessed with children, the Prince and a grand daughter. Such is the way of an immigrant who was accepted and given a chance,

    So to all of the KTCC, enjoy your day. In honor of im6 I have played The Beach Boys “Made in California”.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I believe it was and continues to be immigrants who contribute to their new country and, by doing so, make America strong and diverse. America needed its own My Dear Hedley!!

      I’m sure im6 was delighted!!

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