“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 parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”John Adams to his wife Abigail – July 4th, 1776
Independence Day Celebrations
John Adams’ prediction might have been off by two days but he was right that Independence Day would be celebrated across the nation with all sorts of festivities. Independence Day, or the 4th of July, is the day the thirteen American colonies broke free officially from British rule and became free to govern themselves through the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Now Independence Day, or July 4th, is heralded as a day of patriotism and national pride in the United States of America.
Independence Day – NYC Present Day
So John Adams said the most celebrated day in America would involve the signing of the Declaration of Independence as well as pomp, parade and illuminations. There is no greater display of illuminations than right here in NYC with the largest fireworks display in the nation.
“New York City has the largest fireworks display in the country, with more than 22 tons of pyrotechnics exploded in 2009.”Wikipedia
Visiting NYC this weekend? You may want to read up on where are the best places to watch the NYC 4th of July Fireworks.
Remembering Our Military on Independence Day
While it is easy to rush around with your summer plans and barbecues, let us not forget how it came to be that our nation is independent and remains free up until this day – our military. America is indeed the “home of free because of the brave.” We owe our greatest respect and gratitude to the men and women who put their lives on the line so that we may enjoy the freedom we celebrate this weekend. Be sure to thank a military service member or veteran when you see one or even do something kind for them.
All of us at The Leo House wish our guests and community a wonderful 4th of July. If you are planning to travel to NYC this summer, don’t forget that we are running special rates throughout July and August so book your room soon!