4 July 1776 – The Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence.
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” – John Adams, the second President of the United States of America, who died on 4 July 1826.
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” – Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States of America, who died on 4 July 1826.
“Preparation for war is a constant stimulus to suspicion and ill will.” – James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States of America, who died on 4 July 1831.
A reminder that Independence Day is not just a date on a calendar; it is also an ever-open invitation:
4 July 1845: Henry David Thoreau moves into his cabin on Walden Pond.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”