Most everyone knows Independence Day is also known as the “Fourth of July” and it’s a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
It’s been celebrated now for 236 years in many ways and in most places the celebrations end with a display of fireworks to brighten the sky at night. There are parades, picnics, concerts under the trees and even home barbecues. The lakes are filled with boats and swimming is popular on this day. It’s a great holiday and some of my fondest memories were from my childhood when I remember eating watermelon, fresh from the field on the 4th of July. This year I will celebrate spending time with family and eating watermelon that I bought at the grocery store at my picnic in two days. If we have rain, as predicted, then it will be an indoor event.
But, whatever you do and however you spend the 4th of July, please be safe and have fun celebrating.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin,July 2, 2013