~ Patrick Henry, speech to the Second Virginia Convention
The fourth of July is a celebration of American freedom and liberty. The day is full of symbolism and meaning, including fireworks that symbolize the battles waged for freedom and the general feeling of celebration among the American citizens. It's not a holiday that can be argued against or religiously ignored like many of the other dates on the calendar.
Freedom and liberty are such precious gifts and we in the
are incredibly blessed to experience the freedoms we have. When our children were younger it occurred to us that they should experience 4th of July celebrations around the United States in order to gain perspective on the fact that this is a National celebration, uniting all of us together. We wanted to expose them to how others across this great nation celebrate the victory of independence declared over 200 years ago. Our quest to experience the 4th of July around the U.S. has taken us to some wonderful and fun destinations. U.S.
The Big Apple and Lady Liberty. I've watched the NYC fireworks display on television many times and always marveled at their grandeur. I saw the image of the Statue of Liberty, holding her torch with the fireworks illuminating behind her. This year, we would see that show live! We watched the display from a boat on the
Hudson River and once more, we were not disappointed by the experience. It was a very moving time for me, watching the fireworks bursting overhead and seeing the statue illuminated on her island in the background, representing freedom to the huddled masses that immigrated to our great nation.
Watching fireworks in such close proximity to the launch pad and seeing my son in his fire gear moving around the front line, I felt such pride.
What a great nation we live in!
Travel Tip: Always join in the local celebrations wherever you happen to be. This is the true way to experience the life of those in other places!