The United States celebrates its Independence Day on July 4, a day of patriotic celebration and family events throughout the country.
In the words of Founding Father John Adams, the holiday would be “the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance. 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.”
Ninety years later, near the darkest moments of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt reminded the nation that, “…the assurance of the right to liberty under God — for all peoples and races and groups and nations, everywhere in the world.”
Happy 4th of July!