Rather than try to wax profound as the United States celebrates July Fourth, I thought I’d share some of my favorite images of this special holiday.
One of my favorite times celebrating our nation’s independence was spent with friends in a small town in Colorado. I remember games, country music, the tempting scent of burgers grilling on the barbecue. Children ran about everywhere. We picnicked on blankets in the park and talked and laughed. Of course there were fireworks. The entire community came out to celebrate on this day.
Small town parades draw everyone out. Rarely fancy, they are always heartfelt and patriotic with children and adults alike waving flags, veterans marching, fire engines passing along with others who represent the community.
People bring out fried chicken, sandwiches, potato salad, soda (or pop, or Coke—depending on where you live) and a blanket to share with neighbors and friends.
Who doesn’t love a drippy, yummy ice-cream cone to cool down with on July Fourth? That and watermelon seed spitting contests make for tasty eats.
Children and sparklers go together (yes, with adult supervision) on July Fourth. Fascination brightens their eyes as they watch sparks light up the night.
As day fades to night, fireworks split the darkness to the oohs and aah’s of the audience. Families sit in lawn chairs or lounge on blankets, their eyes following the vibrant colors that paint the night sky. A few yawns escape from the youngest in the crowd, but those fireworks still awe every person.
Though we live in different environs—some of us in big cities, others in small towns, or something in between—we share a history. We come together to celebrate our country’s heritage. Hard fought battles that secured our freedom and lives sacrificed birthed a new way of life.
Our forefathers endured much as they drafted and signed the Declaration of Independence. We’ve been guaranteed privileges few other nations enjoy. May we not forget the price those who went before us paid so we could live in freedom.
As part of our family’s Fourth of July celebration, we will pray for those in whose hands our country’s future rests. Will you join us?
Happy Independence Day!
What about you? How do you celebrate the Fourth of July? Do you have any traditions? Special memories? For my friends living in other countries, what are important national holidays? How do you celebrate them?