Today is July 4th, but just what does that mean? I saw an embarrassing piece on television last night that showed many people don't have a clue. Although the holiday is officially called Independence Day, it is more frequently referred to by just its date and people seem to have forgotten. Well, on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a brand new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire. We declared our independence.
So, this is a patriotic day. This is a day to celebrate being American. Of course the parades and the fireworks and the picnics and music, all help us to do this, but there are many other ways we can observe this day. How about resolving to make our nation better than ever? Perhaps we can use this day to volunteer for a campaign of some kind. Working on a political campaign will often give a glimpse of the many things needed to keep our communities strong and vibrant. Working with a beautification project - picking up litter or painting over graffiti is a good way to give back to our community, but there are many other ways. Use your imagination. Get creative.
When we wave our flag, what are we really saying? Do we believe in liberty and justice for everyone? The United States is indeed a great country, but it become even greater when we ALL are really equal and respected. When that day is here we can truly say Hooray for the red white and blue!