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(CNSNews.com) - Americans declared their independence from Britain on July 2, 1776, a date that John Adams called "the most memorable epocha in the history of America.”
Congress approved the Declaration two days later, on July 4, which we now celebrate as Independence Day.
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Writing to his wife on July 3, 1776 from Philadelphia, John Adams said he believed the occasion would be "celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival."
He described how he believed Americans should mark the day:
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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,...
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