Ah, the obligatory 4th of July blog post! I don’t say that grudgingly, as this is one of my absolute favorite holidays, especially as I get older. It’s an opportunity to celebrate family, friends, and community, as well as our country and all it stands for. When I was a kid it was mostly about the fireworks, and the excitement around the subsequent landscape or siding damage that inevitably occurred. Now the fireworks are still wonderful, but the social aspect with friends and family is just as much fun.
And the 4th has grown to be so much more than just a backyard BBQ holiday. Summer festivals are scheduled for the 4th, parades, block parties and craft shows. You could fill up every minute of your long weekend going from one festivity to another. Or you can simply relax in the backyard with a book for the long weekend. And in a way, that’s a good analogy for the American spirit, and the 4th of July celebration. We have the freedom to do whatever we want this weekend, because previous generations, and current service men and women, won that right for us.
Keeping in line with that, Americans show their pride in any number of ways. Some go to baseball games and sing the National Anthem with gusto (if not perfect pitch). Others don patriotic lapel pins before hitting the golf course. Someone like me, I’ll likely probably go out looking for some live music and dance the night away with a diverse crowd of my fellow Americans. In my opinion nothing brings people together quite like live music.
Whatever you end up doing this holiday weekend, we at PinMart hope you’re safe and happy! Because this great country has unlimited things to see, do, experience and enjoy. And for those of you shooting off your own fireworks purchased from those roadside kiosks up in Wisconsin or Indiana: be careful! I know those massive shells are cool but boy can they light up a tree if they’re aimed wrong.