What is the 4th of July?

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This Fourth of July, July 4th or Independence Day, whatever you may call it, should be a joyous one for all Americans. The mention of the Fourth of July evokes visions of firework shows, picnics and barbecues, hot dogs, hamburgers and apple pie.

Why? Because we are Americans, and Americans love to celebrate our independence.

When my children were little, every year I would ask them who we won our independence from. They would answer with almost every country in the book except Great Britan. After a few years went by, I knew they were aware of the answer, but I still kept getting replies like France and Scotland. They were being a little cheeky with their mother, but one fine year I received the correct answer.

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As Americans, we should all know from whom we won our independence, and what that victory meant for the Founding Fathers and their fledgling country. No longer under British rule, we Americans were free to exercise our governmental, societal, and religious rights, without fear. We could no longer be told what to do, but we had the express authority to make decisions on our own.

Since 1776, we have had these rights. We have made decisions, good and bad, but we have made them as Americans. The United States is considered one of the greatest nations in the world, and it all started with that dream of freedom so long ago. People from all nations have flocked to America for a taste of that dream; to be free, to have a better life and a more prosperous life.

We owe it to our Founding Fathers, those men who gave their lives in the Revolutionary War and the leaders during the early years, to celebrate, to remember what they have accomplished. I am sure the Founding Fathers did not celebrate the way we do, but I am sure they celebrated.

So pop those fireworks, enjoy that barbecue, grill up the hamburgers and hot dogs and even have that apple pie if you want, because we are Americans and we should be proud of who were are.

About Barbara Mizell

Barbara Mizell began working for the Picayune Item in 1993. She started during the "cut and paste" days of the newspaper, and was the first to create a newspaper page using the computer for the Item. She has served as Composing Supervisor and honorary Religion Editor. Of all the contributions she has made over her 20 years at the Item, she is most proud of the World War II book "The Greatest Generation." Barbara was born and raised in the White Sand Community on Lee Hill, she has also written many short stories about growing up on the hill.

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