First Independence Day Toast
The first Independence Day in Boston was a very special event. People were celebrating and fireworks going off all over the city. The guns were going off at Castle Island and at Fort Hill to celebrate the occasion.
At a Coffee Shop in Boston, perhaps the Green Dragon Tavern, thirteen people from various states gathered and each one shouted out a toast. Each person would have a drink and one by one they gave a special toast.
Toast to Independence Day
Here are the thirteen toast given at the very first Independence Day in Boston:
- The noble and honorable Representative of the United States in Congress, who voted the same free and independent. (Cheers!)
- May the Lord God protect the United States, now and henceforth, forevermore. (Cheers!)
- The United States of America and may the good people of the same support their independency. (Cheers!)
- The President of the Grand Continental Congress and the present members of the same (Cheers!)
- Our Noble and worthy General Washington and the Army (Cheers!)
- Success to the American Navy (Cheers!)
- May the Fourteenth string be added to the harp (Cheers!)
- May the Army of America vanquish the enemies of American independence. (Cheers!)
- Many none but men of honor and virtue test American freedom (Cheers!)
- Liberty to those who have the virtue to defend it. (Cheers!)
- May the union of American states be as lasting as the pillars of human nature (Cheers!)
- Major General Charles Lee and all our friends in captivity (Cheers!)
- The immortal memory of General Warren all al the rest of our brave officers who have been slain since the commencement of this unnatural war. (Cheers!) (Cheers!)<
After the thirteen general toast was given, a special toast was given to each of the thirteen states.
Source: Boston Globe and various history books.