As I sit 15 steps from the Pledge of Allegiance and 10 more from a replica of the Liberty Bell and the American Eagle & Flag, it is befitting on the eve of our Independence Day that I ponder on what freedom means to me, and what I am willing to do to protect the liberties my family and I enjoy.
To be free is always a poignant topic not just here in our motherland but throughout the entire globe. Conversations regarding our freedoms spark great debate and seem highly uncomfortable for many. Yet, at the risk that I be remonstrated, I suggest we as Americans allow nothing to sway us from freedom ringing in our hearts and cities this year like never before.
It’s time to celebrate y’all and as we reminisce on all of the privileges we proudly live under, here are both patriotic and fun ways to enjoy the Fourth of July weekend. 😊
Freedom Isn’t Free!
Raise our Flag. Although no one truly knows how the very first American flag originated, most historians agree that it was designed by Congressman Francis Hopkinson from New Jersey (also a signer of the Declaration of Independence) and sewn by seamstress Betsy Ross from Pennsylvania. Click here for dos and don’ts of displaying Old Glory.
Join a Parade. A road trip to Bristol, Rhode Island (home of America’s oldest Fourth of July parade) may not be in sight, but check your local listings for a parade near you! This one is the closest I found to our Corporate office and begins at 9:00 a.m.
Watch Fireworks. Young and young at heart equally enjoy professional fireworks displays. Whether in the park, a stadium, or at the beach, this is a yearly treat. The blast kicks off on Sunday, July 4th at dusk. Check your city’s event calendar for details.
“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”
John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765
“Is life so dear, or peaceful so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry, Speech at the Virginia Convention
✨ Pack a Picnic. Some of the best family memories are made around a picnic table or blanket. You can make your meal elaborate or simple! Take a look at these picnic side dishes.
✨ Chill Poolside. With Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon in the #1 spot, Tripadvisor lists two other water parks in Florida as the best in the country (no kidding!), but don’t let that stop you from splashing around elsewhere! Whether at home, a friend’s or family’s, grab your pool gear and cool off—it’s already a sizzling summer! These above-ground pools might be another good option. Why not surprise the kids!!
✨ Throw a Party. You may want to stay indoors but still get together with others. Since restrictions have been lifted and most local officials have relaxed social distancing, it’s time for a party (a small one). We had a family party recently and made two large charcuterie boards; one for salty and another for sweet-tooth cravings. We also hired a food truck that served BBQ and it was a major hit! See this party idea and this one too.
Stick around—more fun ahead!!
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For the little firecrackers!
🤩 Create a Craft. Kids always love working on crafts, especially when their parents pair up to make them. From popsicle sticks and craft sticks, to paint sticks, nothing could be more fitting on July 4th than to make a keepsake of our flag.
🤩 Bake. Having a sweet tooth of my own, baking has always been a preference over cooking. By either following these Real Simple instructions, or baking cupcakes from a box, add this secret ingredient in red and blue for a “firecracker” surprise!
🤩 Blend. Blending fruit smoothies, yogurt, and milkshakes, is always indulging but once in a blue moon it’s allowed. Click here to blend and enjoy! 😋
If you want to avoid the baking or blending, here is a two-ingredient fruit sparkler recipe. Looking for a way to celebrate without the buzz? These mocktails are sure to please!
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In the meantime, let’s all embrace and celebrate our Independence Day with gratitude, fervor and great fun!
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