Later we spent a happy afternoon with family and enjoyed a hotdog-and-hamburger barbeque for dinner. I made blueberry/strawberry parfaits for dessert. Then we went outside and roasted marshmallows for s'mores, followed by sparklers and fireworks in the back yard. Just an ordinary 4th of July.
Exactly the way John Adams suggested we celebrate Independence Day, 200 years ago. The night before Independence was declared to the world, he had this to say:
“[Independence Day] will be the most memorable Epocha, 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.”
Thanks, President Adams! Sending Happy 4th of July wishes out from Laurel Lane!