We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
The painting is from Childe Hassam’s Flag Series, now on show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (Childe Hassam’s name is pronounced Child HAH-sam, in case you wondered). The full title of the painting is The Fourth of July, 1916 (The Greatest Display of the American Flag Ever Seen in New York, Climax of the Preparedness Parade in May), painted in 1916.
Happy Independence Day.