Independence Day By: Camille Hord
Independence Day which is most commonly referred to these days as the Fourth of July, commemorates the Adoption of the Declaration of Independence over 240 years ago on July 4th. The Continental Congress declared the thirteen original colonies were now a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer a part of the British Empire.
A little trivia is that, coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson who were the only signers of the Declaration of Independence to become Presidents of the United States, died on the same day; July 4, 1826.
As a kid I can remember going to the great fireworks display at Globerson’s Corners. This was located on the opposite corner of the now Honda Dealership. Cars were packed in like sardines and it seemed to take forever to get out of there.
Friends and families celebrate July 4th with picnics and barbecues. Decorations are usually red, white and blue, the colors of the American Flag. Kids are usually chasing each other around with sparklers and sucking on popsicles that were running down their arms and the front of their clothes. At least that’s how I remember it.
The fireworks and many festivities are many times accompanied by songs like the Star Spangle Banner, God Bless America, My Country ‘Tis of Thee, just to name a few. When I hear these songs I get goose bumps knowing that I live in the greatest land on earth, and I am proud to be an American. Enjoy your Holiday!