Tomorrow is July 4th. We gather with family and friends. We toast, we eat barbeque (here in Texas) and we enjoy the spectacular displays across the night sky of fireworks. In all the fun, the alcohol, the laugher and food and the memory making, we tend to forget just what we are Celebrating.
On July 4th, 1776 our country was born. Before that day, we were under British Rule. The Declaration of Independence was signed, our birth certificate of sorts, making us the land of the free and the home of the brave. Our forefathers fought many a bloody battle to make this happen. It's easy to take for granted. I'm guilty myself.
As I sat here contemplating writing this blog post, one other question popped into my head. Why do we celebrate with fireworks? So I Googled it. Apparently, it's been done since July 4th, 1777. John Adams stated In a letter to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, he wrote that the occasion should be commemorated “with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” Reference
So tomorrow as we celebrate, lets toast to our forefathers who brought this day for us. Let's hold up our glasses and say, Happy Birthday America.
Let us also not forget those that don't get to take tomorrow off. The Police, Dispatchers, Fire, Ems, Nurses, Doctors, and all those that save our hides every day of the year.