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Happy birthday America. Our favorite uncle – Uncle Sam – turns 232 years old today.
We all know that the Declaration of Independence was drafted on this day in 1776 in Philadelphia.
The document declared the 13 American colonies’ independence from Great Britain. Some seven years later, America, after a long, bloody battle, had won its freedom from the mother country. Battles waged from Bunker Hill to Hanging Rock and plenty of points in between. America showed great determination, our country’s hallmark ever since.
Independence Day stands as the only holiday that celebrates the United States.
All across our great nation, there will be plenty of celebration. Fireworks, picnics, baseball games, parades and cookouts will be part of a fun-filled day.
Locally, patriotic displays will be evident from the golf cart parade at Sun City in Indian Land to the old fashion fun at Charlesboro, on to the happenings in Heath Springs.
We encourage all to take part and have fun with friends and family.
At the same time, take a moment and reflect on what this day really means to you and your nation. If you’re a veteran, take pride in what you have done in helping freedom ring. No act is small in service to our nation.
At the same time, take a moment of silence in solemn memory of those veterans – men and women of all races – who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Share our nation’s pride and freedom with a son, daughter or a youngster in your neighborhood. Take them to a celebration honoring America. Sometimes, in our summertime fun, we forget the true meaning of the special day.
If nothing else, tell those young folks that great men like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who were two of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, died on this day on America’s 50th birthday. Calvin Coolidge, our nation’s 30th president, was born on Independence Day.
For many across our county and country, this is vacation time. Use a little common sense and it will likely make a big difference.
If you shoot fireworks as part of celebration, do so with caution. Same goes with cookouts and grilling. Plenty enjoy time around the water – pool, lakes and the ocean. Be safe and observe proper swimming and boating measures. Wear life jackets and listen to the lifeguards.
If you’re driving, make sure you and your vehicle are ready for the road. Check to make sure all is in working order. Get plenty of rest to make sure you’re up to the task behind the wheel.
As always, we caution to be careful with alcohol consumption. It doesn’t mix with driving a car, boat, or shooting fireworks, so leave it alone.
If you choose to drink, do so in moderation. If you host a party, be sure you know when to say when.
Be safe, be careful and be proud of America. We’re getting old, be we’re still going strong.