The Party of the Century

Rockets will glare and bands blare to celebrate the statue

It (Independence Day) 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 forevermore.

--John Adams to his wife Abigail, July 3, 1776

Consider John Adams the founding executive producer of this year's Fourth of July festivities. The second President did not, of course, know about the Statue of Liberty, much less Hollywood mini-series or the value of a rating point. But David Wolper, the actual executive producer of Liberty Weekend, likes to cite Adams as a kind of 18th century...

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