Tags: fireworks, freedom, history, independence-day, july-4th, photos, responsibility
Today’s our country’s most important historic holiday, Independence Day, July 4th. It commemorates the signing of our Declaration of Independence, the document which began the American Revolution and outlined, in no uncertain terms, that our “colony” would revolt from tyranny and come into it’s own.
Last year, I wrote about the history of fireworks during the celebration, mostly because I kept hearing people complain about them. It amazes me how people can forget history and sentiment so easily…
Fireworks are beautiful, large and loud. A proud display can give even those with the hardest hearts a smile, and a small display makes us wish for more.
They’re also one of my favorite things to take photos of — freehand, without a tripod.
Last year’s complaint has this year been replaced by, “Why do we have cookouts and drink beer?”
For the very same reason I enjoy taking photos of fireworks. For the same reason we can drive over to a secluded place and set off a massive display. For the same we complain about “our loss of Freedoms” so much…
The reason is simple:
Because we can.
As Americans, we take for granted what’s missing most everywhere else. Like it’s been said a million times, “With Freedom comes great responsibility.” As long as we can continue to act responsibly, we’ll never lose that.
Happy Birthday, America!