I know many are getting geared up for the weekend. Some are starting the celebration early.
As for all of you who know me, know by now, I have to deliver fact about things.
Three of the first five U.S. presidents died on July 4. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died in 1826, the 50th anniversary of the country’s birth. Adams’ last words were “Thomas Jefferson still survives.” James Monroe, the fifth president, died five years later in 1831.
By truly remarkable coincidence, Jefferson and Adams died on the same day, Independence Day, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Adams’ last words were, “Thomas Jefferson still survives,” though his old friend and political adversary had died a few hours before. He had no way of knowing that for there was no telephone in 1826.
Happy Independence Day!