On July 4, 1826 Adams lay on his deathbed, outside a thunderstorm raged. It reminded Adams of the storm that raged fifty years before, when he gave his impassioned speech for Independence in Congress July 1, 1776. Adams lay peacefully, his mind still clear as he stirred and whispered clearly “Thomas Jefferson still survives.” Those present declared “there was a final clap of thunder that shook the house; the rain stopped and the last sun of the day broke through dark, low hanging clouds—busting forth …with uncommon splendor at the moment of his exit…with sky beautiful and grand beyond description.” Remarkably, Jefferson had died on the same day, a few hours before Adams. The two patriots died on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The remains of John and Abigail Adams are interred in a basement crypt at the United Parish Church in Quincy, Massachusetts.