On this day, also known as Independence Day, Americans across the land are celebrating in all the traditional ways: outdoor barbecues, firework displays, and leisure activities.
We are blessed to be free in this chaotic world. There’s too many repressive societies that don’t allow their citizens the freedoms we often take for granted. No country is perfect in the real world – and we have our challenges.
However, I’m still proud to say I’m an American.
There’s all kinds of Fourth of July activities going on where I live today – check out The Medford (Oregon) Chamber of Commerce’s/Jackson County program – it’s supposed to be the biggest ever.
Interesting fact: The Fourth of July has only been a Federal holiday since 1941. Of course we were celebrating our independence as far back as the American Revolution (1775-83), but Congress never got around to making it official until 1941.
“My dream is of a place and time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope on the planet.” Abraham Lincoln
“I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and the struggle to stop it. I’ve learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service.” John F. Kerry
Time for me to walk on down the road…