Posts Tagged ‘independence day’

It’s Independence Day

July 4, 2010
Fireworks at the Washington Monument

Photo by Andrew Blasko

After a long, long time between postings, I am back. I thought today would be a great day to bring this blog back, being Independence Day and all. There are celebrations going on all over the country as America celebrates its 234rd birthday, but not many are quite as good as the celebration in Washington, DC. As it should be. To watch fireworks go off around the monuments and the Capitol is an amazing site that I hope everyone gets to see at some point in their life. We are very spoiled here. DC is a hard city to live in, but on July 4th, there is no place I would rather be.

I’ve always enjoyed the 4th of July, first for the fireworks, then because of the struggle and bravery that came with signing the Declaration of Independence. We take it for granted today, but every signer of the Declaration was putting his life at risk by signing it. It was an act of treason to the British Crown. We declared our independence from Britain, but we hadn’t won it yet. We were free form the tyranny of King George III, but we still had to get all the British troops  and British rulers out of America. Taking on the most powerful army in the world was no easy task for a brand new country that lacked military prowess. (more…)