July Fourth is a federal holiday in the United States, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Fourth is celebrated with red, white, and blue decorations, a parade, or a picnic, and is a great opportunity to get together with family and friends. It’s always been our daughters’ favorite holiday. We line our driveway or flowerbeds with small flags, a tradition we started when our daughters were born and carry on today.
This liberty is all that I request.
The Taming of the Shrew
As I reminisce . . . Cliff and I and our girls lived half a block off the parade route in Arlington, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. Every year we’d invite friends over for breakfast in our backyard, often combining our celebration with our neighbors. Donuts were always on the menu. Then we’d walk down to the parade and sit on the grass to watch. Some years our street entered a float that we’d spent days working on. After dark, we walked down to the park, spread a blanket, and watch the fireworks. I miss those years and our Fourth has never been quite the same since we moved away, but I’ll always cherish that time and those friends and neighbors.
Having my freedom, boast of nothing else.
Ashland, Oregon, home of the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival, has one of the best parades I’ve ever seen. The whole town turns out and the colors red, white and blue are displayed everywhere. After the parade concludes, there are over one hundred booths in Lithia Park, featuring food, crafts, and information booths. Bands, including the Ashland City Band, perform all afternoon at the Lithia Park Band shell. Our daughter Carla lived in Ashland for eight years and never missed a parade.
Let's all cry peace, freedom, and liberty!