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Pomp and Parade

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

In a letter to his wife, Abigail, John Adams wrote that Independence Day

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.

Here at the Enterprise blog, we have no shows, games, bells, or bonfires to celebrate the Fourth, but we do have a parade of posts planned for the holiday weekend. AEI’s new Program on American Citizenship has asked some of our leading scholars and bloggers to reflect on the meaning of citizenship and patriotism. Contributors include our director Gary Schmitt, Michael Barone, Marc Thiessen, Jay Richards, Jenna Schuette, and many more. We encourage readers to join in on the celebration; send your thoughts to [email protected]. I’ll post the best submissions later this weekend.

Want to learn more about the Program on American Citizenship? Look for us on Facebook and Twitter. Happy Fourth of July!

Image by Hryck.

Cross-posted at the Enterprise Blog.