The nation will pause this Friday and have a day off. With the Fourth of July falling on a Friday, we will have a three-day weekend right here near the beginning of summer. People are planning get-togethers, barbecues and of course, the setting off of fireworks. Many communities including Troy have ordinances banning them from being set off within the city limits but annually, this is not adhered to. My dog just hates this time of year, and my neighbors relish the sound and thrills of this practice several nights and often it goes on near midnight. Needless to say, neither of us gets too much rest several evenings this time of the year. That’s (shooting off at midnight) too late in my opinion and infringes upon the rights of many for a peaceful evening. A great alternative is to attend or go to a vantage point to enjoy the Rotary Fourth of July fireworks held at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. They will be launched about 9 p.m. and it is funded strictly by donations. This has been a 20-year plus tradition of the Rotary Club.
If traveling is in your plans, please drive safely and, if alcohol is included, wait to get to your destination to indulge. Last year, 19 people were killed, over 600 injured and 199 DWI arrests. Don’t be a statistic.
Have you ever wondered why Congress has never really moved this celebration of freedom like they have other holidays. Take Washington’s Birthday, for example. Now, we celebrate Washington and Lincoln’s birthday on the same day and call it President’s Day. I am glad they do not arrange this celebration of freedom for convenience. Don’t take any luster away from the significance of the day.
I sit here and ponder what others may think:
“The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.” – Woodrow Wilson
“This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.” -Lyndon B. Johnson
“My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy” -Thomas Jefferson
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” – Abraham Lincoln
And finally, these words you will hear a lot this weekend:
“And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.”
– Lee Greenwood