What does freedom mean to you? I realize that can be a loaded question. However, when you get down to the very core of it, we have so much to be grateful for.
The day before Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it two days later on July 4, John Adams wrote this to his wife, Abigail:
"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."
Adams' prediction was off by two days, otherwise he was spot on. While I am not one for fireworks, I love our flag and what it stands for, and I celebrate with you. Enjoy this day of independence with your family and friends and cherish the memories you are building together along the way.