Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Let Freedom Ring

Happy Independence Day! It is the 4th of July and time to celebrate. 

I know that my family is planning to celebrate the 4th and observe the 242nd anniversary of the founding of our country.

The weather looks to be hot, but a bit cooler than yesterday. 

Quotes for the 4th:

“We will stand by the right, we will stand by the true, we will live, we will die for the red, white, and blue.” - unknown

“We’re blessed with the opportunity to stand for something—for liberty and freedom and fairness. And these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to.” - Ronald Reagan

"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." - Benjamin Franklin

"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand." - Harry S. Truman

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” - Statue of Liberty

About fireworks on the 4th:
From Time Magazine:

After all, John Adams did say he hoped the anniversary of independence would be marked for years to come by “guns” and “bonfires” and “illuminations.” Because the first July 4 fireworks display happened in the middle of the Revolutionary War, some historians believe they were supposed to be a “morale booster.” The celebrations at the time would have also included the firing of cannons and guns, adding to the explosive nature of the festivities. With the war’s end and increasing concern for public safety, those firearms were eventually phased out of the celebrations and replaced almost entirely by the fireworks, which were often given the official stamp of approval in the hope of drawing citizens to public celebrations instead of more dangerous private firework shows.

Have a Happy 4th.

Be safe. Don't drink and drive!

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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