Independence Day 2017: Remembering What Today Is All About

July 4, 2017

Today, many will pack up and head to either the lake, park, family cabin, or favorite camping ground. There will be swimming, lots of eating, sunburns, beer, fireworks, more eating and an extended weekend. Sounds amazing right?

The Fourth of July truly feels like the kickoff of the summer and has always been one of my favorite holidays, for as long as I can remember. However, it’s equally as important that we understand and acknowledge the reason behind our celebration and festivities today. In between rounds of food, we must not forget to pay our respects to those that made it possible for us to be an independent country.

How many of us will wholeheartedly think of our troops today? How many of us will hang an American Flag today as a dedication, as opposed to a decoration? How many of us will pay homage to those who cannot be here with us today to celebrate, because they are still continuing to fight for our rights and our freedom?

They are fighting for the same freedoms, in fact, that makes it possible for large groups of Americans to sit around and bash the country and establishments for all of its wrong doings.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I fully understand that there is always room for improvements, and yes, changes do need to be made for the better, in some areas. However, that is not what today is about.

On a larger scale, we’ve got it pretty good here in good ‘Ol’ ‘Merica’, and today, we celebrate our independence and those that fought to obtain it. Nothing more, nothing less.

Today, I am proud of our Country, I am proud of those serving and protecting it as well. Thank you all! I am also proud of our freedom and damn proud to be an American! Not just today, but every day!

Happy Fourth of July, from Hooray Cafe, and remember to be careful!  If you have been drinking, do NOT drive. Get an Uber, taxi, designated driver etc…Don’t jeopardize your freedom celebrating our independence.

Finally, without further ado, I present to you, the BEST 4th-of-July song there is: Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.” While there is disagreement about whether Springsteen meant this song as a salute or satire, it is a great way to begin today, and a great way to end it as well! You can never go wrong with Springsteen. So, we have a bonus July 4th song of his too! Check out this version of “This Land is Your Land” below as well!




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