Happy Birthday America

July 4th is always a great celebration in America: Baseball, Bar-B-Que’s, Parades, and just enjoying being an American.  Citizens are proud of their country and thankful for all of those that defend it to make freedom a reality.  This is the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed explaining to Great Britain that 13 American colonies would no longer be a part of the British Empire.  Our Wikipedia friends report that John Adams had written to his wife Abigail after the signing, and we think Mr. Adams had it correct:

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.

America has lived up to Mr. Adams expectations regarding the celebration party, but I think Ronald Reagan said it best:

Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.

Happy Birthday America.