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.
- John Adams
These famous words, which we Americans take as our cue to light up the fireworks, were said by founding father (and 2nd president of the country) John Adams in a letter to his wife, Abigail.
Over the decades and centuries, Adams proved to be right. Americans love their Fourth of July celebrations and their fireworks.
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