This is our country and there’s no better time to reflect on what it stands for than when we celebrate the 4th of July – Independence Day. What’s this holiday all about? It’s about the American Dream, fireworks lighting up the sky, every relationship in your life, and Yankee Doodle Dandies!
It is important to celebrate the American Way by celebrating the 4th of July and its traditions. Traditions help to create optimism and help to keep the American Dream alive in all of us. Some favorite Independence Day traditions include picnics, parades and fireworks. Independence Day – the 4th of July is regarded as the birthday of the United States of America as a free and independent nation. This holiday commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. This was the first document to refer to the colonies as the United States of America.
The traditional picnics we have on the 4th of July are actually birthday parties for the United States of America. Chillin and grillin on the 4th with family and friends is a great way to celebrate the American Way. The parades held are commemorations of early celebrations of victories that included military parades and cannons firing. These parades now come complete with patriotic music and are a special part of Independence Day celebrations. Even if you can't get to a parade listening to patriotic songs like Stars and Stripes Forever can get your foot tapping and get you into a patriotic holiday spirit. Speaking of patriotic songs, Yankee Doodle is a song that was originally sung by the British to make fun of the Rag Tag American Colonists fighting for independence. It was later adopted by the Colonists as their very own rallying anthem.
As a child attending the 4th of July parade with my family was a highlight of the holiday. My parents loved the patriotic songs played by the marching bands. Their generation was a generation of proud patriotic Americans. They took care of the country and the country took care of them no matter how much money they had or did not have. Most of the men were Veterans of World War II, some of the women went to war as nurses, and some replaced the men at home in manufacturing jobs in plants and kept the home fires burning. Everyone who could afford it invested in the country by investing in war bonds. They invested in America and Americans. They committed their lives to protecting their American Dreams for themselves and their children and grandchildren. Just as the proclamation on the Liberty Bell was for ALL inhabitants, the American Dream is for all inhabitants too. We must renew that dream every year on the 4th of July.
The Liberty Bell is the bell that rang in Philadelphia when the United States of America celebrated the very first Independence Day. It was originally named the Providence Bell but it was later renamed because of its inscription which read, “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All Inhabitants Thereof”. Perhaps this is why the sight and sound of bells ringing is symbolic of freedom to Americans.
Last but not least let’s talk about the tradition of fireworks on the 4th of July. As a child when we went to the fireworks I always held my hands over my ears. Sometimes when I got tired my Dad held his hands over my ears to help me out and when the boom went off I'd still jump from the thundering boom. Near or far you can feel the rumble of that boom from the tip of your nose down to your toes. What an exhilarating memorable feeling! One year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4th, 1777, Philadelphia held the first 4th of July celebration by adjourning Congress and celebrating with parades, music, bonfires, firing of cannons, bells and fireworks. So it would seem that fireworks have always been a traditional part of the celebration of Independence Day as a colorful display of pride, a show to celebrate the glory and magnificence of America and the American Dream and the American Way.
The 4th of July is a good time to reflect on the fact that THIS IS OUR COUNTRY and we must defend it against all assaults, especially from those within our own country. Help re-energize our land of opportunity. Join in and defend your relationships and the future American Dreams of those you love by voting for those who represent all of us, not only the wealthy. Every American has the right to dream the American Dream.. The American Way of life is based on truth, justice, fairness, opportunity for all and facts, not fractured fairytales. Honest politicians should have a relationship based in reality and should represent all the people – not only the wealthy ones. This land is your land, this land is my land ... THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME!
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There are many honorable, honest people in this amazing country who are gathering together to defend its integrity and its promise. Unions are rallying to protect their collective bargaining rights, and women are uniting to protect their personal rights, all being assaulted by right wing politicians. There is strength in numbers and we all have the ability to voice our patriotism by voting. Voting is a right and a privilege that should not be taken lightly. The right to vote is also being threatened by some right wing politicians who are attempting to selectively remove opposition voters from voting roles. So be sure to preserve the rights and privileges of all Americans by registering to vote and voting this November and at every opportunity presented to protect your rights as Americans and to preserve the American Way and the American Dream for all of us.
Happy 4th of July to all Americans!
Until next time, have a warm heart but be COOL! Be happy, be well, and be the best you that you can be!
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