Friday, June 30, 2017
Looking back at photographs of past Independence Day celebrations, it’s clear Lower Yakima Valley residents know how to enjoy the simple pleasures afforded Americans in the pursuit of happiness.
This year, as the holiday falls on a Tuesday, surrounding communities are gearing up to offer fun from car shows to hot dog eating contests.
Local color guards will be standing at attention to present arms for the 21-gun salute. Local politicians will share what it means to be an American.
Families will gather for backyard barbecues or lazing around the swimming pool while local policemen, firemen and emergency medical teams stay on duty on the Fourth.
And, during all this activity, it is worth remembering that we should pause on Independence Day to thank those who have made sacrifices to ensure this stays the land of the free.
When the National Anthem is sung at the community football field and that 21-gun salute is performed by military veterans in honor of their comrades in arms, don’t be ashamed to shed a tear.
Stand tall and proud for this country and remember your duty to defend the entire Bill of Rights that all our lawmakers have sworn to uphold.
For the folks whose dogs will be frightened by the blasts from the pyrotechnic exhibits from Toppenish to Prosser, we sympathize in advance. Our dogs will be tucked away inside, too.
Enjoy the day of picnics, fireworks, parades, car shows and ordinary gatherings of friends.
Celebrate your right to pursue freedom.