July 4th is Independence Day, also known as America’s birthday in the United States. We celebrate the 4th of July because it represents the day that America became separate from British rule. In 1941, it became a federal holiday, but people had been celebrating it decades before. Independence Day is celebrated on July 4th because on that day in 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence – two days after voting in favor of the resolution. July 4, 1776, remains one of the most important days in the history of our country.
As a country, we became free and declared our independence. Please don’t take your freedom and independence for granted, others before us had to work hard and make sacrifices for it. Enjoy the many blessings of a free Nation and do your part and work hard to maintain it.
We annually celebrate our independence with fireworks, parades, concerts, fairs, and large gatherings, but this year will be different because of COVID-19. We MUST be careful how we celebrate this year’s 4th of July! Unfortunately, this year there will be no fireworks, parades, concerts, fairs, public events, and large gatherings to attend. However, you can still celebrate at home with your family. Fire up the grill, consider flying a flag or kite, play some yard games, decorate your home with patriotic bunting, enjoy a small fire in the backyard, roast marshmallows and make s’mores, watch a patriotic movie, or even take a virtual tour of our Nation’s Capital.
Whatever your plans are for the weekend, please be safe. It is imperative that we all follow the guidelines, maintain social distancing, and limit direct contact with others outside our household. Continue to be respectful of your fellow man and practice the 3 W’s (Wear, Wait, and Wash). I genuinely hope that you will have a wonderful 4th of July holiday! Be thankful and appreciate that you live and work in the greatest country in the world. One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!
“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him”- Abraham Lincoln
God Bless America!
“Happy 4th of July”
Robert L. “Bob” Woodard, Sr.
Chairman, Dare County Board of Commissioners