By Betty Vanderwielen

Fun Fact – Celebrating Independence Day on July 2?


Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

Following the main fireworks show in 2020, residents around Seeley Lake continued the Fourth celebration under the full moon.

Still ebullient from the previous day's meeting of the Continental Congress – the Congress that had just approved a formal resolution to break from the rule of King George and establish an independent government – John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail:

"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 Par...

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