Happy Fourth of July to all Americans. This is my favorite holiday – hands down. Today we celebrate standing as individuals and as a nation on our own two feet and declaring independence. We will have rousing parades, excellent cook-outs, and some amazing fireworks displays. Our celebrations reveal much about us as a people. We don’t bow to anyone, we don’t dip our flag, we don’t go looking for fights. When called upon, we complete our commitments and we are almost always on the side of an underdog seeking freedoms like those we have.
As we celebrate our Independence, the world looks on. Every country has its holidays with unique celebrations. But how many of these holidays are watched from afar like our Independence Day. And what other country seems to have a 1-800-Dial-USA hotline that is always open and somehow always responds. Having an independent nation filled with free men and women generates a power that is unique in this world. That we use this power to help others without any expectation of homage, tribute, or servitude demonstrates our humanity.
So, on this day enjoy hot dogs, burgers, and steaks. Watch the parades and fireworks displays. The finale will be grand but please remember this day is about independence and freedom. We are truly blessed in the land of the free and the home of the brave.