We went to the Adams National Park July 4th Celebration. Last year we did Boston, and so we were inspired to do more. The fact is that we have much to learn about the grand experiment. And oh-my-heavens–tax dollars paying off–everything was free!
I could and perhaps should start there. About what it has cost us and what we have earned.
But I will just show some photos from the event and then perhaps wax on.
The first group is from the re-enactment of the 2nd Constitutional Congress. Those in period dress are actually volunteers who do this yearly. The plain folk had scripts in front of them, but some of them ad-libbed generously. The kids who took part will never forget this lesson in civic responsibility.
The fellow below portrayed John Dickinson from Pennsylvania. He was given the opportunity to express the other side of signing this document–“it would be signing your death certificate”.
If they did not win.
We forget how much was on the line.
John Adams takes the task of putting people back in the framework of the awesome task and responsibility ahead of them, for them to accomplish.
I did not know that the representatives from New York had to abstain, since they had not received direction from their legislature.
You’ll notice that the new American flag has now replaced the old British one from above.
A bit of poetic license–Abigail Adams speaks here, from the actual correspondence with her husband about the congress.
The library, a later addition.
Below is the staging for the reading of the Declaration of Independence. By the people.
Of course. In honor of Abigail.
The actors from the play Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play
By Howard Ginsberg
A Revolutionary Dialog