I just read a post about the expected 4th of July celebration in Washington DC and the surrounding area. I am not linking the post as it was a nice post and my point is not to criticize that post, but to really think about where the best 4th of July celebration will be.
It this area as in many others around the country Fireworks displays are being curtailed due to budget issues. As is typical Washington DC is continuing to spend money that the rest of us do not have.
I thought about a very special 4th of July weekend I had about 11 or 12 years ago. You need to understand my birthday is on the 3rd so this is always a big time of year for me. Well that year my first marriage was having big troubles and my wife and I at the time were separated. I was lonely and depressed.
To get my mind off my troubles I loaded up the Suburban and headed to the mountains to go camping alone. On the morning of July 4th I started home. As I was winding through a small narrow mountain road I came through one of the isolated mountain communities and had to pull off the highway for a parade.
The parade might seem hokey compared to the big going ons in Washington DC, but it was nice. They had the fire truck, the local marching band, a few homemade floats, some kids on sports teams marching, some people in costumes, and some classic cars. More people may have been in the parade than watching it. The flags were held high and it seemed everyone had one. That day the parade cheered me up and when I got back on my way with tears in my eyes.
This weekend the real big 4th of July celebration will be in small towns and backyards. It will be at BBQ's and picnics, at the homes of friends and family, at campgrounds and sporting events. It will be where we teach our children about how great this country is and the history of this country. It will be in churches when we give thanks, it will be in our thanks to those that have given there life at the alter of liberty for this country.
Although times are tough and many of us are concerned about the direction of this nation, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, I believe America's best days are yet to come. I know that around the world there a people that understand the greatness of America and to them we are still the shinning city on the hill, the 4th of July is for those people too.
I have no special plans for the 4th. I will have all my kids home and we will try and find some fireworks. The BBQ for us is on the 3rd (my birthday). However, in my heart there is a growing Love for this country and our history. I hope you have a great 4th of July. How will you celebrate?