Second of July



By Frederick Girsch at the American Bank Note Company, for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (Restoration by Godot13) [Public domain or CC BY-SA 3.0 ( via Wikimedia Commons)


Pomp and parades

to celebrate this freedom day,

pomp and parades

for the declaration, brigades

will fight, fireworks can’t convey

the costs, the lives lost, yet I say

Pomp and parades


Celebrate it

with illuminations and shows

celebrate it,

to posterity, we’ll transmit

our hopes through this inspired prose,

this declaration we propose

celebrate it


This is a double rondelet. I used some of the words from a letter John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, about the events of July 2, 1776. Full text here.  On this day, the Second Continental Congress approved the motion for independence, which Richard Henry Lee of Virginia had brought forth in a resolution on June 7. The Continental Congress approved the actual Declaration of Independence document, written mostly by Thomas Jefferson, on July 4th. Most of the delegates signed the document on August 2. It is believed that Thomas McKean of Delaware signed at some point in 1777.

And if you’re interested, you can read more about the daily life during this period of American History in my World of the American Revolution: A Daily Life Encyclopedia.


12 thoughts on “Second of July

  1. This holds both the joy (pomp and circumstance) and solemnity (the Declaration of Independence) of this momentous occasion, Merril.
    I used to love the parades through our town, while in marching band. We went to my hometown fair last night and will head to fireworks on Monday! Loved this double rondelet! 🙂

    • Thank you, Robin!
      We could hear the fireworks in a nearby town last night, but didn’t go to see them. Our younger daughter and her husband got married last year on the 4th, and some people went outside to see fireworks during the reception. 🙂

      • I am happy to learn about your daughter and son in law’s wedding with fireworks shot off during the reception. 🙂
        Happy First Anniversary to the special couple! ❤ ❤ I would still consider them "newlyweds."

      • The fireworks were not actually part of their reception. The wedding and reception were at a golf course, and some people walked out later to see fireworks that were set off nearby. 🙂

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