Crowds of us have already been preparing to celebrate Independence Day in two more days. I was reminded today, we can celebrate right now because today is the real anniversary of our independence.
John Adams wrote to his wife that “The Second 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 a great anniversary festival…It ought to be so solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games and sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward, forevermore.*”
The rough draft of the Declaration of Independence can be reviewed at americanrevival.org .
The understanding that no justice system is written in stone for ever is to be revered. Modifications and enhancements can always be made, sometimes for the betterment of all, sometimes for the betterment of big corporations for as long as the people will allow.
But let’s celebrate, as we do have the right to celebrate both days. Here’s to a full festival today with some appropriately early fireworks, followed by tomorrow’s Casey Anthony trial, and celebrating America’s full declaration of independence on Monday.