Jul 4, 2014
It’s that time again when firework stands start popping up on street corners and city streets are decorated with red, white, and blue. It seems like here in America we find every excuse to gather and celebrate. When Independence Day comes knocking on our doors it’s so easy to get caught up in the barbecues, fireworks, and block parties.
But let’s just think about the significance of Independence Day for a moment. The 4th of July is a day to celebrate freedom. That’s something that our generation tends to forget. We have never experienced life without freedom in America. Not even our parents haven’t experienced America without freedom. That’s a pretty big deal.
Independence Day is also about remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom in this country. Countless lives have been given in order to protect my freedom, your freedom, and everyone else you know and love.
So what can we do this Independence Day to celebrate our freedom and remember those brave soldiers who have been lost at war? Start a new tradition that is centered around these things. It doesn’t have to be anything big. Just something to help you and your family keep your minds focused on the real meaning of Independence Day while you enjoy all the food, fireworks and fun.
Here are four new traditions that you can start with your family.
Hang the American Flag
You don’t have to purchase a flag pole to hang a flag in your yard. For as little as $2 you can attach a flag hanger to the side of your house.
And if you’re really feeling festive you can sing the national anthem as you hang the flag.
Take flowers to a Veteran’s Grave
Visiting the grave of a fallen veteran is always a nice gesture to those we have lost to war. Even if you don’t have a close family member or friend that was a Veteran, there is probably at least one Veteran site at a nearby cemetery.
Years ago on the very first Independence Day people didn’t have fireworks, instead they shot off cannons and guns. Now we have fireworks that are so easily accessible for a reasonable price. And if you don’t want to pay for fireworks, most cities have a free show you can visit with your family.
Watch a National Treasure Movie
While the National Treasure movies are not specific to Independence Day, they do discuss a lot of historical events. Watching one of the movies is a great way to get your history lesson in for the day while still being entertained.
But no matter how you decided to celebrate America’s independence be sure to have a safe and enjoyable day.