July 2015 Newsletter
I had the best Independence Day ever, and in no small part because of the amazing fireworks choreographed by Ladera Ranch where my grand children reside. Where is Ladera Ranch you may well ask? It is a fairy-land for young Americans and you will find it just behind Mission Viejo in Orange County.
The fireworks performance was called “We the People” and John Adams had it right: even with efforts afoot to replace our heritage with a new international order, I don’t think they have a sparkler’s chance of making it stick. We are not adopting the ways of the rest of the world. They will do much better even themselves if they choose to adopt ours.
Why do we celebrate the Fourth with Fireworks? Because Founding Father John Adams wanted us to. In a letter to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, he wrote that the Declaration of Independence should be commemorated “with Pomp and Parade, with Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other; and from this Time forward and forever more.”
I didn’t understand that until this year. I am glad I found it out.
The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off on July 4, 1777. The evening ended with the ringing of bells; I missed the bells, there should have been bells. On that ancient night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks which began and concluded with thirteen rockets on the Commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated. Americans have celebrated their Independence in the same style ever since.
Irma Bombeck had this to say:
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every Fourth of July. They celebrate not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers who file by the White House in a parade of strength and muscle; but with family picnics where the kids throw Frisbees.
They are having fun where the potato salad gets iffy and the flies all die of happiness!
You may think you have overeaten but it is all about patriotism – Erma Bombeck
I grew up in a country with the English tradition. They also celebrated fireworks there on the 5th of November where my father (a school principle) arranged a spectacular display for the children. Central to the display was Guy Fawkes himself, a scarecrow with Catherine wheels for eyes. We cheered as we blew him up to smithereens. There is something odd with this picture, do you see it? There we were lighting fireworks in a land mighty far from England on the anniversary of the discovery of a plot organized by conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament as far way back as 1605. Something to celebrate with a bonfire, I don’t think so! It was like every year on the 5th November that they were trying to blow up their heritage all over again.
So there you have it, the positive and the negative. We celebrate Independence and the Rights of Man. Too much destruction in the rest of the world where many have lost their way. The world needs our American help. They need to follow our ways, for we all lose if we are forced to follow theirs.
And we put them all on notice, we aint giving up our heritage. Not when we have so much fun on the Fourth July!
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We have turned the corner and passed the longest day. The next national celebration is the Labor Day weekend and the following Sunday, is Grandparent’s Day. Are you planning ahead for these days of celebration in your family?
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