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Have fun but safe July 4th

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Declaring independence from the mother country England was to be celebrated with devotion to God, pomp, parades, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of the United  States to the other – forever more. That was how John Adams said the American colonies were to claim their freedom on July 2, 1776.
However, the official declaration day wasn’t until two days later and some historians still debate the official day.
Whichever day you subscribe to, the purpose is the same – to declare our young country’s independence from Great Britain. It was a bold step by patriots who believed in freedom and the ability to govern themselves.
We’ve commemorated that date ever since then. We do it with parades, fireworks, picnics, get-togethers, gun salutes, music and more. We decorate everything – from our attire, our buildings, vehicles and even pets – in red, white and blue.
We pay tribute and remember those who fought for our freedom in the early days and those who are still doing it today.
And of course, we celebrate. We encourage you to do so. But do so safely. We celebrate in various ways – near water or in the water, fireworks displays and cookouts. It’s a given that there will be crowds at most events.
Have fun, but use common sense. Keep an eye on small children at all times – in the crowds or near the water. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose ready in case of fire mishaps.
Don’t drink and drive. If you are going to drink have a designated driver.
Realize that roads will be congested so remain calm and patient when driving.
In addition to family and neighborhood get-togethers on Independence Day, there are several opportunities right here. Those include a July 4th musical and light show, Charlesboro parade, Heath Springs celebration and Rich Hill community parade. Lake Wateree Association also intends to have its annual fireworks show.
However you celebrate your country’s birthday, we wish you a happy and safe July 4th.