Happy Fourth of July! July 4, 2015July 4, 2015 ~ David J. ~ Leave a comment While enjoying food, drink, friends, and family, take a moment to ponder the history of our country. Better yet, visit a park, museum, or historic site and experience it for yourself. Just finish before the fireworks begin. John Leon Gerome Ferris, Writing the Declaration of Independence, 1776, 1900 (Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division).