The 4th of July -- 07/04/13

This being the 4th of July, Jill and I headed into town for Camire's Firecracker 4 on the 4th race, a race we have run most years since we first ran it in 1996. This was the final running of this race, so we especially wanted to run it.

How did we do? Okay, I guess. I know that my time was not close to what I wished it could be, but I'm pleased just to be able to finish it.

Our traditional post-race photograph...

This afternoon Nancy and I are going to a cook-out gathering at with friends. The local fireworks will be viewable from their property.

I'm in agreement with John Adams about how to observe the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. (He said the second of July because that was when the actual resolution of independence was passed, but the formal document required a bit more debate over the wording, so the Declaration of Independence was dated the fourth, and that became the famous date for celebration.)

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.

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 237th national birthday!

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