There are so many reasons this year is a good year to celebrate freedom. While there is turmoil across the globe, we must continue to focus on what is good and right with our country—and our fellow humans.
If you like history, or just want to learn more about Independence Day, I suggest checking out books from the local library, or clicking on the History of Independence Day | A Capitol Fourth | PBS.
If you're in more of a party mood, why not have a picnic at a local park, or your backyard? A study conducted by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (yes, it apparently exists) shows 80 percent of all U.S. households own a grill or smoker. But cook safely. While the Fourth of July is one of the most popular grilling holidays, it can also be dangerous. Make it safer by reading these grilling, highway, and fireworks safety tips from the American Red Cross.
Not into big crowds, or you've got little ones who are in bed by sunset? Modern technology allows us to see fireworks from sea to shining sea. So, grab a lemonade and check your local listings for Fourth of July telecasts. This video of fireworks over the Washington D.C. skyline should help put you in the mood.
Now, go celebrate!