(Trivia: Another U. S. President died on July 4th -- James Monroe, July 4, 1831. Also, Pres. Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872.)
The great American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804. He wrote:
"We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death."