Independence Day – we’re so grateful for all our freedoms, and to all those who have sacrificed to make them possible.
Fly the flag proudly, especially today. Wouldn’t it be great to see a sea of flags waving all across the country?
I grew up in a fairly small town, and the 4th was always celebrated with a carnival and a fireworks show. And there was always a parade. My sister and I were always so excited to go see the marching bands, clowns, horses, the screaming fire trucks – all followed by the street sweeper driven by someone we’d known “forever”.
These days our celebrations are more quiet, and we stay close to home. The memories of great holiday times linger, and the feelings of pride and patriotism continue.
Due to the dry, hot weather, as well as community budget cuts, many fireworks displays have been canceled this year. They continue to sell fireworks to the public, and I hope everyone who uses them does so in a safe manner.