At the lake, the entire week prior to July 4th has been busy with campers and swimmers, boaters and skiers. My dear husband and I have friends from Nebraska who will be spending the weekend with us and we will take in some of the local parades and festivities, as well as the traditional Fourth of July Fireworks display Friday evening at Lake Wabaunsee. Of course, there will be the boat parade earlier in the evening and I am sure we will have our giant water guns readied for the passersby as we watch from our dock. Tradition requires that one must be well armed with propelled water devices (such as water balloons) or huge 30-foot shot water guns. But most of all, during the day we will be touring on our motorcycles with our friends through beautiful Flint Hills.
Whatever your activities may be on “Independence Day”, please remember the intent of this most revered holiday celebration. According to About.com, Independence Day is celebrated on July 4 because that is the day when the Continental Congress adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. From July 8, 1776, until the next month, the document was read publicly and people celebrated whenever they heard it. The next year, in Philadelphia, bells rang and ships fired guns, candles and firecrackers were lighted. But the War of Independence dragged on until 1783, and in that year, Independence Day was made an official holiday. 1941 Congress declared 4th of July a federal holiday.
John Adams, a lawyer, the first Vice President and the Second President of the United States, was one of the members of the Second Continental Congress who signed the Declaration of Independence. He wrote to his wife, "I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival... it ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other..." And so we shall, Mr. President, so we shall.
Take care and may God bless you and your family during this Independence Day Celebration! And God bless America! Vicky
The photograph above was taken as we cruised the Mississippi on a tug boat in June 2006. There was a stiff wind and of course, Old Glory was flappin' in the breeze! Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!