There are just a few holidays that are exclusive to the United States of America and we just celebrated one which recognizes and celebrates our independence as a nation of free citizens. For most people this past July 4th 2012 came and went with families gathering in their backyard for a barbecue or neighbors and friends gathering in their front yards for a block style celebration with the customary fireworks to finish out the evening. I love to see the continuation of an American tradition in which we recognize the sacrifice of those who not only made that first Declaration of Independence which set our course as a nation, but a tradition that continues to honor the sacrifice of those who guard and protect those freedoms that we all hold so dear. Independence Day for American’s should always be remembered and I hope will never lose interest from its citizens.
We (my wife and I) celebrated this July 4th with a couple of friends and I have to say it was a day full of all sorts of fun events that I just have to share. We decided to take in a morning parade and this year we chose the parade in downtown Lincoln, CA to start our day off. The parade itself had the usual fanfare from the local schools, businesses, clubs, public servants and private citizens and also a contingent from the military marching in uniform. In my mind what made this parade so special was the fact that it was made up of local citizens who walked or rode through the streets and their expressions were saying that they were glad to have the freedom to simply be Americans. After the parade we had a nice breakfast at Kim’s Country Kitchen in Lincoln, CA where were able to enjoy a nice American breakfast.
Our next stop was to watch an all-star softball game and then we took in a concert where the featured group was the Roseville Community Concert Band. The concert band played to a nearly packed house and their theme was happy birthday America. The songs choices were a group of American favorites and they closed with a series of patriotic numbers that reminded us all of why we celebrate July 4th. The room was full of flag waving citizens who were proud to be Americans and not afraid to show it!
Next on the agenda was a backyard barbecue complete with hamburgers, salads, chips and all the fixings. After we finished our unique American meal we regrouped around the kitchen table for a game of cards until the sun set. After that we moved outside to the front yard around 9:30 and parked ourselves in our lawn chairs to enjoy a 25 minute firework show put on by the town of Lincoln. The show was well done and we were able to view it perfectly from the front yard of our friends’ home and avoided having to drive somewhere and face the crowds.
All in all I would rate this as one of my favorite celebrations of our American Independence and so glad to see that the tradition continues on. I only hope that when my grandchildren get to be my age that they will continue to enjoy the same freedoms that I have enjoyed and that they will still be able to witness many of these same types of unique American traditions that we enjoyed today.