Wednesday, July 2, 2008

TT #16 What July 4th Means to Me

As we approach the holiday weekend, I am reminded of the reasons we celebrate and the activities surrounding our celebrations. I've listed some of those below.

  1. Our flag. I love to see the red, white, and blue flag flying.

  2. Merry Old England. I think about England because our dear friends there always congratulate us, the colonists, on the occasion of our separation. Mighty big of them, I think.

  3. Patriotism. I am an American, and I am proud of it. When the going gets tough, we need to pull together.

  4. Fireworks. What's July 4 without fireworks?

  5. Barbecues. All across the country, families and friends will be gathered around grills to prepare their regional specialities.

  6. Hot weather. For us in the south, it's always hot.

  7. Patriotic music. Battle Hymn of the Republic, America the Beautiful, the Stars and Stripes Forever, This Land is Your Land, and God Bless America always stir my soul.

  8. Water. So many of us head to the lake or the beach for our celebrations. We'll be going to Tampa.

  9. Freedom. That's what this holiday is about, really. It is an opportunity to think about those freedoms we enjoy today.

  10. Our troops. How can we celebrate without thinking of the brave men and women, now and in the past, who fought for those freedoms!

  11. Watermelon and homemade ice cream. Is that just a southern thing?

  12. Family. We just like to be together for special celebrations.

  13. Travel. Many of us travel over the holiday, but maybe this year not as many. Whatever we do, let's be safe.

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Anonymous said...

Happy Fourth of July to you :)

I love the fireworks and personal favorite parts! And, like you said, it IS a good reason to be with family!

Happy TT!

Carol said...

Happy 4th to you!

Bubba said...

Just from this list...I think you're awesome!

Great list! Happy TT and Independence Day!!!!

Di said...

July 4th is the best day of the year in our neighborhood. Homegrown fireworks that rival many town events I've been to. A golf cart parade. Golf. Tennis. Swimming. Pool games. Fun, fun, fun.

sobeit said...

Great list of why we celebrate the 4th! I hope yours is fabulous! Happy TT!


Lori said...

What an awesome post...thanks for the reminder:) Happy TT.

SandyCarlson said...

No. 2 is a reminder that the conversation goes on.

Kristi said...

Excellent list...I would have to add my son's birthday to the list if I were doing it. Happy T13.

Bellezza said...

Happy Fourth to you, and I love the Jeremiah verse in your header. God bless you.