The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


July 4, 2014

Enjoy our nation's independence today

Today is a good day.

It’s pretty much a day off from work. We have an excuse to light fireworks. The day usually provides a beautiful backdrop to do something with friends and family.

And we pretty much can’t ruin the holiday by not honoring the spirit of the day.

Think about all the vast amount of holidays we celebrate. Memorial Day equals the start of summer. Christmas is a chance to spend a lot of money and receive gifts. Thanksgiving is an opportunity to wait in lines and get half-off some item that will likely be forgotten in another year.

Oh wait, maybe that’s not entirely what those holidays are about.

We are well aware of the true meaning of those holidays, but for so many of us in America, we lose sight of what’s important during those times. I’m just as guilty as the next person, so it’s a have a holiday that is up for individual interpretation.

With the Fourth of July, there’s no real way to screw that up. When the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, they were pretty much putting the British on notice that we want to be free, and that we can pretty much do anything because we’re Americans.

OK, it might be a little more complicated than that, but this holiday is celebrating our freedom, no matter what that may look like.

There are certain staples to this day, like the previously mentioned fireworks. Hot dogs and anything else involving meat will sizzle on many grills today. And no matter where you look, someone will likely be enjoying the outdoors in some way.

My family will once again partake in the Fourth of July celebration today at the riverfront. When it was cobbled together in about a month in 2012, it brought an activity the city desperately needed to keep people happy and engaged in this holiday. Now, it’s a well-oiled machine and will likely attract thousands of Gateway-area citizens.

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