Only a few years after
the signing of the Declaration of Independence, quotes about America
were already being collected as a documentary record of the development
of a young nation. Perhaps the most popular time to recall
great writers and thinkers of the United States is on July 4th, when
Americans mark the birthday of their country. Back
1781, the Massachusetts State Legislature became the first to adopt
fourth as a state holiday. In 1791 the
first documented use of the term "Independence Day" took
What is perhaps lesser known is that the Second Continental Congress
voted for the legal separation of the 13 Colonies from Great Britain on
July 2, 1776, approving a resolution put forth in June by Richard Henry
Lee, a delegate from Virginia. The Declaration of
Independence was formally ratified on the fourth. The future second
president of the United States, John Adams, wrote to his wife
Abigail on July 3rd the following words:
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 G-d 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.
One over Mt. Rushmore
Although off by two days, Mr.
Adams's prediction could not ring more
true. Americans throughout the generations have faithfully marked the
birth of the American nation with festivities, fireworks and gatherings
of family and friends. The celebrations are no less jubilant or
meaningful than they were in those first days of Independence. Most of
all there is much thanks to the men and women of the 18th century who
sacrificed everything in pursuit of freedom.
In honor of Independence Day, the writers at My Word Wizard have
gathered together some of their favorite and most inspiring quotes
about America. These are the words of presidents, singers, former
slaves and fighters for liberty. We hope they add something to your own
celebration of the day.
Happy 4th of July!