Since it was first celebrated over two hundred years ago, the Fourth of July has come to mean many different things to Americans.
For many, the day is a chance to connect with family and friends, to indulge in tasty foods and enjoy the spectacle of parades or fireworks displays. Perhaps more significantly, the celebrations also acknowledge a pivotal moment in American history and pay tribute to events that paved the way for our modern American lifestyle.
The day has long held such significance. Writing to his wife in early July 1776, John Adams referred to the future celebration of a “great anniversary festival,” predicting that the time would be one at which Americans annually honor their nation’s birth. Centuries later, we see that Adams was right.