We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
- The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
In the same spirit suggested and predicted by John Adams in a letter to wife Jane way back then, we celebrated with "with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations." (well, except for the guns part...) And food, friends, and fellowship besides!
Happy 238th birthday, United States of America!