Independence Day is just a few days away. Our Nation’s Independence was declared on July 4th, 1776. Lately there has been some rumblings that the date should be in question. Maybe the date should be July 2, maybe even a month later. Regardless of those rumblings, I do not see the date being changed. It is too etched into American Society to just change it. Independence Day has meaning because it was clearly the birth of our great nation. It is celebrated in many ways like parades, family cook-outs, fireworks displays, and many more. How do you celebrate?
Independence Day should be a great for all. In the purest form it is a day to celebrate the birth of our great nation. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Independence but July 4th is when the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted. Throughout the years the day has been celebrated in many ways all across the country. The National celebration is held in Washington DC, our capital. It is considered the greatest fireworks show in the country.
I have celebrated in many ways over the years. However, the celebration always includes family and friends. You can start the day with a local parade and then I always end up at a cook-out enjoying food and drink. The night would not be complete without a firework display of some sort. Usually, you have the staples for food. Someone has a grill and you get plenty of hamburgers, chicken, hot dogs, etc. All of the sides are pretty standard as well like potato salads, macaroni salads, corn on the cob, etc. The meal would not be complete without a patriotic beverage like this! As always, drink responsibly, for more reasons than one! You can be certain that plenty of desserts will show up, hopefully some that look like this!
In my opinion, the night is not complete without some sort of firework display. Whether that be a professional show that you attend or something you and your crazy buddies set-up(remember the drinking point from earlier). I have always loved fireworks, I became hooked as a kid and still love them to this day as an adult. I spent many years putting on a show for family and friends. I always figured it was a nice gesture and that if anyone took pleasure like I did, it was a win-win. There was always a “close call” though and in recent years I have decided to stop with the display. Maybe I am getting soft in my old age? I just do not want to be responsible for myself or someone else to get hurt because of a firework show gone bad.
Not having a personal show has taken some of the fun out of the day for me, but all I have to do is realize that my love of fireworks is not what the day is all about. You should celebrate the freedom that you have and realize what a great nation we do live in even though there are problems. No nation is perfect and I would like to think ours is clearly the best! Ultimately, the day is a success because as always you spend quality time with family and friends!