July 2nd – Independence day?

John Adams believed July 2nd would be celebrated for generations to come (not July 4th). On July 2nd the Continental Congress voted for independence from Great Britain. It was on July 4th the delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson. July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of America sine 1776, but it was only been a federal holiday since 1941.

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The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, 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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

-John Adams 3-July-1776 : to his wife Abigail (source)


Interested in seeing fireworks? The following list is from CTVisit.com

Thursday, June 30th

Friday, July 1st

Saturday, July 2nd

Sunday, July 3rd

Monday, July 4th

Wednesday, July 6th

  • Rockville
    July in the Sky
     – Henry Park (9:40 PM fireworks, festival starts at 6:30 PM). Rain Date: 7/7/2016

Friday, July 8th

Saturday, July 9th

Sunday, July 10th

Saturday, July 16th

Friday, July 22nd

  • New London
    – Ocean Beach Park (9:00 PM). Rain Date: None

Saturday, July 23rd

Friday, July 29th

Saturday, July 30th

  • Portland
    – Portland Fairground (9:30 PM). Rain Date: 7/31/2016

Friday, August 5th

Saturday, August 6th

Friday, August 12th

Saturday, August 13th

  • New Britain
    – New Britain Stadium (End of Game). Rain Date: None

Saturday, August 20th

Friday, August 26th

Friday, September 2nd

  • New Britain
    Pyrotechnics Show
    – New Britain Stadium (End of Game). Rain Date: None

Saturday, September 17th

– See more at: http://www.ctvisit.com/articles/connecticut-fireworks-2016#sthash.itXSrlwQ.dpuf