May God Richly Bless America, rain down his graces upon her and keep His protective hand upon her!!
We celebrated with our family by watching our city parade go down our street. Our siblings bring their families over early to participate in the parade by waving, cheering and receiving candy from the floats.
It's fun for all!
Governor Quinn and Mayor Marty Moylan
The kids being "forced" to take a picture :)
It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. ... I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not. - John Adams