I love being American. My favorite part of a baseball game? Hearing and singing our national anthem. I get excited when, as an adult, a chance arises to say the Pledge of Allegiance, and I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time researching our country’s history — both in school and long after. I love talking about our founding fathers (and mothers), and learning more about how the United States came to be is a frequent topic of conversation ’round these parts.
We bandy about words like “freedom,” “independence,” “opportunity” . . . and I’m as guilty of anyone for taking those concepts for granted. For taking our nation for granted. But though we’re just a newborn in the grand history of civilization, we are a proud and mighty group — and I hope to never forget how fortunate I am to have been born in a place where “hope” is a real, tangible thing.
I’m not sure if I’ll make it to any fireworks displays tonight (the traffic! the mosquitoes! the humidity!), but we are planning a trip to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s estate, for some festivities and fun. Seems like an appropriately patriotic activity on such a festive day!
Happy 237th birthday, America!
9 thoughts on “It’s Independence Day”
I hope you and yours enjoy a brilliant 4th July
Happy celebrations,you guys have fun.
Great time in celebrations then…
Enjoy your day, Happy 4th July 🙂
I don’t think there will be any fireworks around here tonight – we’re supposed to have another day of rain. 😦 Enjoy your holiday!
Have a great holiday. Even though the weather is nice here, I’ll watch the fireworks on TV. No bugs or crowds.
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Thank you, Meg!
To my American students…
Happy 4th of July!!!
Meg, America the beautiful takes on new meanings when you’ve been behind the Iron Curtain and traveled through 35 countries like I have. As for humidity and mosquitoes… these are daily fare in Florida. Bring on the fireworks, I say; we’ll be there!
Amen and amen.
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