As John Adams wrote his wife Abigail,
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be 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.
Mr. Adams was a little off on the date, but he was most certainly right in believing that the Independence of America would be celebrated for centuries. As such, the College of Charleston is closed today and will reopen for business on Monday, July 6. Whatever your plans, please be safe and have fun.