Friday, July 01, 2005

Holiday reminder

Monday is a Federal holiday, when we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, declaring America's Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and the oppression of King George, and "taxation without representation". Therefore, the United States Postal Service will not be delivering mail. I am thankful that I already have three Netflix titles at home, and a couple of Blockbuster and Nicheflix, so I can cope with the long weekend. Plus, I have family and friends to keep me busy. We are going to the lake to watch fireworks.

John Adams , Revolutionary War figure and former U.S. President, thought we should celebrate July 2, but July 4 is the actual date the Declaration of Indepence was signed. He had this to say about Independence Day :

"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha 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 for evermore."

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