I dare say I miss those days.
In an excerpt from a letter to his wife, Abigail, John Adams wrote:
"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."
He was referring to the day that they voted to leave the UK, but the celebration part is spot on!
I hope you are celebrating today with "solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty" and with "illuminations" galore! Happy Independence Day, and God Bless America!