Independence Day


June 28, 2017

Independence Day

Independence Day

Fireworks, parades, picnics, concerts, baseball games and barbecues. Fourth of July is my favorite time of the summer. I won’t get too political here, maybe nostalgic is a better word. As Americans, we will commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago declaring that the thirteen original colonies were a new nation. Growing up in one of the original colonies, Connecticut, I was keenly aware of this history and extraordinary past. It was all around us. I lived in a house that was built before the revolutionary war. The town beach still has cannons pointing out into Long Island Sound reminding us of the ideals our forefathers fought for. In a time when our country is so divided, let’s remember how we got here. Have you ever read the Declaration of Independence? Or listened to the words? The past couple of years on July 4th, I have listened to newscasters, reporters and commentators read the Declaration during Morning Edition on NPR. 2017 will mark the 29th year that NPR has featured this tradition. Take a listen. What an incredible country we live in.  Hopefully it will remind us exactly why we celebrate July Fourth. A good burger and fireworks don't hurt either. 

 

 



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