For the past few weeks, we have been hearing fireworks at all hours. If you drive through my neighborhood, you may see a few American flags hanging on houses or stuck in the ground. Throughout the area, stores have signs posted that announce that they are open for business on July 4th. Driving down the main highway in my area, you will find several fireworks stands. For the past two nights, my family has set up chairs in our driveway to watch the fireworks that our neighbors have purchased… they go on for hours. (On a side note, it is sickening to me the money people spend on fireworks when our economy is in the shape it is in and so many people are out of work. My husband said that the United States citizens spend a billion dollars each year on fireworks. That sickens me.)
To me, it seems that Independence Day is turning into just July 4th.
Each year, we can watch thousands of dollars go up into flames right in our front yard. When I was growing up, stores closed on Independence Day and finding a place to grab a bite to eat was unheard of. Every house had a US flag displayed. The day used to be special and hold special meaning. It wasn’t about who had the best fireworks display in the neighborhood. You could easily see that the point of “July 4th” celebrations was truly about our nation’s independence.
It saddens me to think of how our society treats such an important day to all of us. This is a day to be thankful. Shoot off your fireworks knowing that you can because you are free to do so. Have your parties but remember that you can because of your freedom. This is a holiday and one to celebrate… but celebrate for the right reasons! This is Independence Day… July 4th… a day I am proud to be a US Citizen.
Happy Independence Day friends! Please be safe!