This past July 4th there were barbeques, fireworks and visits to the beach. In most places across the United States, the day commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence was celebrated just as John Adams predicted it would be over two centuries ago: “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance; 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.”

In 1976, on the bicentennial of Independence Day, one student wrote about his views on the celebrations. His opinions are his own, but the backdrop of current events he writes against is eerily familiar today. Read More