Commemorating the Fourth of July has always been very special for me. One aspect is family time – picnicking, swimming, boating and the like. But the real reason we celebrate July 4th is to recognize independence from Great Britain. I’ll always remember in school learning for the first time how John Adams wrote in a letter to his wife Abigail: " ... 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America ... commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God almighty. 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."