The following is from a speech that John Adams (who later became the second President of the United States) gave to Congress on July 2, 1776 (the day Congress actually voted for America’s independence). Notice how he wanted our nation’s independence to be celebrated:
[Independence Day] will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America, to be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival, commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty from one end of the Continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore. You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil, the blood, and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these states; yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of light and glory; that the end is worth all the means; that posterity will triumph in a day’s transaction, even though we shall rule it, which I trust in God we shall not.
- Millard, Catherine. The Rewriting of America’s History. Camp Hill: Christian Publications, Inc., 1991. p. 77.