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Getting ready to celebrate America’s Birthday

Whether it be to go to a cottage, grill with the family or relax and spend time with friends, Independence Day is fast approaching, and it is a time that we should all cherish for many reasons. At the top of the list is that it celebrates our country’s independence and the freedoms that we enjoy each and every day.

For the 237th time, The United States of America will be celebrating its birthday as part of its independence from Great Britain.

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress after our country’s forefathers, including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, signed the document. This came nearly a year after the start of the Revolutionary War. For more than two centuries, Americans have enjoyed the many freedoms associated with that document and since that day, Americans have celebrated Independence Day every Fourth of July.

It is easy to take for granted the freedoms which come with the Declaration of Independence.

But for at least this one day, we hope all Americans realize the importance of it as many of us participate in annual celebrations.

For some it may be enjoying that annual picnic with friends or family. Others might enjoy attending a baseball game, which is affectionately called “America’s Pastime.” Some may go away on a vacation with family to celebrate the early part of summer and the Fourth of July.

Others might take their children to a parade. And at night, fireworks will fill the air at many communities around the area.

There is not a wrong way to enjoy the day. After all, within the name of the document is independence. We all have the right to decide exactly how we will celebrate the day. We hope that you stop and remember the many people who fought for our freedom, as well as the many soldiers who continue to fight for our freedom every day.

This weekend truly is a time to celebrate. We also hope it is done safely and wisely and if you drink alcohol, do not drive. Let someone who is sober – either a friend or a cab driver – do the driving instead.

Make sure you find an outfit full of red, white and blue to show off your pride.

Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and this Fourth of July weekend is a memorable one.

Amid the fun and parties, the fireworks and parades, we hope that you remember exactly why were are celebrating: the birthday of our country.

Throughout the coming days, there will be several local celebrations of the Independence Day holiday.

This includes fireworks displays in Hamburg, Evans and Boston.

For a complete listing, turn to the story on Page 3 of this week’s edition of The Sun.

This is a time to celebrate, but also reflect, because without the foresight of our founding fathers, we would not be able to enjoy the many freedoms that are easy to take for granted today.

The world has evolved in leaps and bounds from what it was when the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Technology and information is at our fingertips, on our telephones and it is a much different world than the one people like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson lived in.

But because they helped fight for our freedoms, we are able to enjoy the many great offerings to choose from in modern day America.

Despite economic issues the country is working to overcome, it still offers opportunities and freedoms that make it a great land to live in. For that reason, we should all be proud and thankful to be citizens of the United States of America. We want to extend our best wishes for a happy Independence Day.


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