How will you celebrate?

Last night, my dear husband took the children and a couple family friends to the annual Red, White and Boom celebration in downtown Columbus.  Despite the early rain, the evening’s festivities went off without a hitch.  Grandma and I stayed home, ate homemade soup, visited with a dear friend and watched the fireworks on television (the picture was horribly grainy…we don’t have cable, just a weak signal from local stations).

Today, we will re-read the Declaration of Independence.  My children are so in love with this historic document, which the 6 year old refers to as that “long, nasty letter to the King”.  We have a vintage copy of the document which they’ve been begging me to frame.  We’ll once again remember the price paid by the brave men who fearlessly took quill in hand and signed, knowing full well the price of such a treasonous act.

“I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom I see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth all the means. This is our day of deliverance.”
John Adams

Stirring words…

A family cookout with a few friends and a bonfire in the backyard.  The location of our home and all the surrounding acreage gives an unimpeded 360 degree view of every small community firework display, for miles around.  Of course, the weather must cooperate…we have a lot of early rain in the forecast.

Meanwhile, I leave you with a few really great videos…a couple for the kiddies and a really great fireworks display.  May you have a blessed and joyful day as you and your celebrate this great country of ours…God Bless America!