Independence Day in History
We always enjoy reading about how the New Bern of yesteryear loved celebrations and parties. What better time for festivities than the Fourth of July? We all have recollections of the Fourth of July – parades, baseball, barbecue, and fireworks. Was it always so? Here’s a look at how – and when – the Fourth of July was commemorated in days past.
Congress declared independence from England on July 2, 1776. John Adams thought that would be the date that the country would celebrate. On July 3, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail:
Two days later, delegates from the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence which explained their reasons for declaring independence. It would not be ratified ...