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Happy 4th of July!

This is the 4th of July Weekend, a time to celebrate American Independence.  It was 235 years ago that the revolutionaries took action together to seek their independence, to determine their own fate, to take on the challenge of being a new country beholding to no other authority.  Over the years, their courageous actions became our history. Today, our armed forces protect our rights and freedoms as we interact in world politics.  This weekend is a chance to celebrate our country and our accomplishments and to renew our commitment to the values of truth and justice that keep us strong as a country and as individuals. 

It is traditional to celebrate with fireworks!  There is something exciting about the huge community shows that fill the sky as well as hand held sparklers that fizz and crackle before they burn out.  This year as many communities face wild fires burning out of control, the sale of fireworks—even safe and sane ones—and the production of community shows are being halted in many locations under the better-safe-than-sorry policy.  Whatever is the plan in your community, celebrate but stay safe.  Be sure your celebration includes a respect for history, a prayer for the future and an appreciation of the military personnel who sacrifice so all Americans can remain free.

To help you celebrate, here’s a fireworks spectacular set against “The Star Spangled Banner” as recorded last year—enjoy! 

Finally, if you want a reminder of the good that America does in the world as part of its glorious traditions, visit A Frank Angle.  His blog shares a presentation of a Canadian editorial from years ago that praises America for its response to tragedy worldwide.  It’s worth a look.


Comments on: "Happy 4th of July!" (5)

  1. Happy Fourth of July … and many thanks for the link. Have a blessed holiday.

  2. Happy late Fourth of July to you, too! I didn’t attend the city’s fireworks show, but my explosions rocked and illuminated my neighborhood all night. They really know how to put on a show here in Kentucky 🙂

    • I did not get out for neighborhood shows this year, but the ones on TV were stupendous! It’s the thought that counts, right?

  3. There is something magical about fireworks that seems to bring the community together–why it can’t be like that every day befuddles me!

    Patti–thanks for visiting my blog. Yes, it is nice to commiserate on aging folks. My in-laws are 92 & 90–he’s mobile and she’s not–so as a result he stays home and it’s driving him crazy! My parents are in Florida and we siblings are in NJ which makes it difficult to pop down whenever needed. It worries me that after they have doctor visits–neither one of them remembers what the doctor said.

    • Welcome–thanks for visiting. Good luck with your parents. It is a challenge to keep up with all the changes as our parents age as well as help them keep their independence as long as possible. The steps that helped us (I have sisters, one especially who helps–and some of us are closer than you are to your parents!) included getting power of attorney so we could be in on decisions with the medical professionals, calling the doctors direclty for updates and using a service to hire care givers for transportation, so they have someone with them at the doctor’s who help get meds filled, etc. The Center where they live(d) does the transport and med review but it still needs monitoring. It sounds like you are helping your parents get set for this next stage of their (and your) life. Keep up the good work but remember to take care of the caregiver too.

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