‘Taxation without representation is tyranny’
Had patriot John Adams, America’s second president, had his way, we would now be looking forward to the Second of July holiday.
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America,” Adams wrote. “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 forevermore.”