America Celebrates!

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On this day, July 4, 1776, two great men, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, and “the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States,”  brought freedom from Great Britain to the United States .

To Thomas Jefferson, known in history as the author of the Declaration and the third United States president, thank you for your written words:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable Rights; that among these, are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…

To John Adams, second United States president, thank you for your written words:

I am well aware of the Toil and 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 ravishing Light and Glory.

Both of these men, undoubtedly are powerful historical figures that helped shaped a great nation we know as the United States of America. It may be a simple coincidence but, both these men passed from this life on July 4, 1826, the 50th Fourth of July anniversary celebration.

May you rest in peace, Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Adams.

America celebrates the Fourth of July with great festivities…beautiful firework displays…parades and carnivals…picnics and barbeques…baseball games and concerts…family reunions…and many more happy celebrations.

~May you have a blessed, safe and happy Fourth of July.

 

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22 thoughts on “America Celebrates!

  1. Caddo Veil says:

    I had no idea they’d passed away on the Fourth of July–wow! You always have interesting little tidbits of info, Sunshine! And I love the phrase, “Rays of ravishing light and glory”–ooooh, what a rush! Happy Fourth, dear heart–God bless you! love, sis Caddo

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    • Sunshine says:

      I think sis, the idea that both these men, passing on the same day and the same year is really, really amazing. Another amazing tidbit– just as surprising– President James Monroe although not a signer but considered one of the founding fathers for the Declaration, also passed on the same date, July 4th, but it would be in the year 1831–five years later.
      Makes you wonder…an odd coincidence or written as destiny? Hmmn…
      Thanks for your time and sharing in this moment, Caddo. Talk to ya soon…:)
      ~Peace be with YOU…

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      • Caddo Veil says:

        Destiny is indeed remarkable–makes it extra special to think that we got to meet right now, Sunshine–you’re a blessing to me, Sis!!

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  2. Russel Ray Photos says:

    I’m confused. I’ve never heard of just two signers of the Declaration of Independence. Surely you can’t forget John Hancock, the owner of the biggest signature on the document!

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    • Sunshine says:

      Oh, Russel, you are so right…my apologies to everyone! I’ll take that “F” now :)…geez, I am so glad you pointed it out and yes, according to history facts, John Hancock was the first to sign–right? Jefferson and Adams were the only signers who later became US Presidents…I think that is how it went…
      Thank you so much for your time and I really appreciate your feedback. 🙂

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  3. island traveler says:

    Happy 4th of July. May your days be filled with amazing fireworks and sparks that lights up your world. Beautiful post that celebrates the essence of this day. Thanks.

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    • Sunshine says:

      I can use lots of days filled with amazing fireworks and sparks that lights up your world, Island T.! Thanks for your kind words. It had some unclear information but I got it fixed up–thanks to a smart reader who caught my error.

      Hope you had a memorable day yourself…bet it’s beautiful where you live. 🙂

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    • Sunshine says:

      It was simple, just the way I like spending holidays, Angelswhisper. A few friends, simple BBQ chicken and corn-on-the-cob, a lovely fireworks show…what more do we need?
      Thanks, my friend…you always bring encouragement. 🙂

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