On July 2nd, 1776, John Adams wrote his wife Abigail that July 2nd will be “celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary festival” and that the celebration would include everything from bonfires, sports, fireworks, and a spirit of liberty throughout the land.
What Adams did not know at the time was that although the date of his prediction was slightly off, his predictions of his great anniversary festival ring true today.
Although the Continental Congress adopted The Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, the actual vote for independence took place on July 2nd.
Like Adams, many of these founding fathers had a vision for the working document that would later be known as The Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration of Independence itself has become one of the most admired and copied political documents of all time. It was written by Thomas Jefferson and revised by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Jefferson.
As the United States of America celebrates its 235th birthday this year, we as citizens should remember how this great nation was founded, and take a moment to celebrate and embrace the goodness that makes us great.
French Writer and politician Alexis de Tocqueville noted over a century ago:
“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in the fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good – and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
Tocqueville always saw America as a great nation. Although our economic situation and our failed policies of today make it hard to see why our nation is so great, we must look to the vision of our Founders and see how far we have come. We must realize how truly blessed we are to be part of a nation that allows for many freedoms.
The question we, as Americans, need to ponder this Fourth of July is what the Founding Fathers really wanted for America?
If more Americans pondered this simple question every year, we would have a better understanding of why our nation and the men who founded it remain great across the globe.