After the Continental Congress voted to declare its independence from England, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife, Abigail, in which he said:
The Second Day of July 1776, 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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. (The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784, Harvard University Press, 1975, 142)
July 2, 1776 was the day the Continental Congress declared its independence from England. The final written document, the Declaration of Independence, was approved and dated July 4, 1776. It was not signed until August 2, 1776.
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