Happy Birthday America!

Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!

By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.

 ~John Dickinson

Feeling patriotic? Remembering all this – Dixie and Yankee Doodle Dandy, parades and fireworks, stars and stripes, National Flag colors everywhere, Let Freedom Ring and Justice for All. We know all this since we were children and all this we love once for all time.

How are you and your family going to celebrate this day? A picnic or barbecue in the backyard with your family and friends – it means hotdogs, hamburgers, delicious salads and some grilled meat as well as it has been well said that 4th of July is one of America’s great grilling days. So hooray for Independence Day as the splendid opportunity to indulge in grilled food, marshmallows, potato salad (Someone hand me a spoon?). Will it be a parade or carnival with tons of popcorn, cute patriotic outfit, flags and banners, silly but nice hats, confetti rockets and red, white and blue paper lollies? Any time you can have a cold beer (or lemonade iced tea, or Ice Cream Cocktail), lounge around on the grass, and watch some fireworks while celebrating our great Freedom Day. Independence Day is absolute all-time favorite movie today.  That’s right. Along with the parades and fireworks let’s remember the very beginning of it.

Today we are commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. Liberty Enlightening the World, the famous Statue of Liberty reminds us about this fact from day-to-day. A broken chain lies at her feet as a symbol of real Independence and triumphed Freedom. We are remembering today the names of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence, Betsy Ross made the first American Flag, Frédéric Bartholdi designed the Statue of Liberty, Emma Lazarus, the author of “The New Colossus”, a sonnet which lines inscribed in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and many, many others names, emphasizing their contribution to the politics and culture of the United States.

Whatever you’re doing, wherever you are, it is devoutly to be hoped that you are enjoying this quintessentially American holiday, the Fourth of July. This is the day to wave Old Glory and sing The Star-Spangled Banner while thinking about how we got and who we are. For the entire world we say “Be proud to be an American!” Russian ladies congratulate you with this great holiday.

Happy July 4th everyone.

God bless the USA!

Happy Birthday America!