Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July From Soldotna, Alaska

July 4, 2009

On July 3, 1776, the day after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams (our second President) wrote in a letter to his wife, Abigail:

"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, Bonfire and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."

Although July 4 has been designated as the day to celebrate this momentous event, Mr. Adams's prescience was amazing -- especially when he referred to "this Continent." And, here we are in Alaska some 233 years later, not only celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but also the fact that Alaska became the 49th state some 50 years ago as of this year.

Today, we joined the City of Kenai in its celebration of both events. It was not much different than how Cambria celebrates the 4th each year -- except that Kenai had a parade. See picture of kid eating a hot dog.

There are no firework displays tonight here in Alaska as it doesn't get dark enough. We hear that they have their firework displays in January.

Hope you had a great celebration, too.

Jerry and Mary

3 comments:

Ashlee said...

Fourth of July is definitely my favorite holiday.

I love that you can go anywhere (even Alaksa!) and still celebrate with hot dogs and red-white-and-blue. :D


So what do the locals think of the governor's resignation?

-Ashlee

(by the way, I'm having trouble leaving comments on your blog -- not sure if it's blogger or mine, but I've tried to leave comments on the last three entries. I'll try entering the info differently and hopefully that'll work...)

Jerry and Mary said...

Ashlee -- what did you do differently because obviously it worked? (We had another person tell us that she had trouble leaving a Comment.) Mary

Patricia said...

Looks like a fun day. Shannon, Royce & the kids were here. We parked Bills truck & my car down at the south end of Moonstone beach at the end of the parking lot facing towrds Shamel Park early Sat morning, so we had great seats for the fireworks. We took all sorts of snacks & had a fun evening. Sierra & Chase are staying with us for the week. Great beach weather, yeah!!!