Thomas Jefferson was invited to attend the 50th celebration of the 4th of July in 1826. He declined due to being gravely ill. As a matter of fact, July 4th, 1826 both former Presidents, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died that day. July 4th, 1831 saw the passing of former President James Monroe. Also, former President Calvin Coolidge was born July 4th, 1872.
In response to the invitation, the last historical letter written by Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson hoped that for the world this would be a celebration. You have been invited by Thomas Jefferson to celebrate this day and remember what the day meant to him.
“May it be to the world, what I believe it will be … the signal of arousing men to burst the chains … and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form, which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. …For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.” – Thomas Jefferson June 24, 1826 Monticello