Friday, July 1, 2011

Food, Fireworks, and Fun

     Happy Birthday America!  4th of July is one of my favorite holidays.  It has fireworks.  I love fireworks.  Also, as far as I can tell, it has always had fireworks.  Because mail was slow back in 1776, it took a few days for the news to get around or something.  Actually, apparently there was some revising on the Declaration of Independence.  (As a side note, I would kind of like to see those in track changes.)  The point is, John Adams was pretty excited about it, and he wrote a letter to his wife.  He wrote:
The second day 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 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 forever more.
 And as far as anyone can tell, we've celebrated with fireworks ever since.  That's 235 years of fireworks.  Take that, Jesus.

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