Thursday, July 4, 2024

"May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right."

~ Peter Marshall

I struggle with this post every year. I have trouble finding words that adequately express both my love for this country and my fear for its direction. I want to commemorate the adoption of our country's Declaration of Independence and celebrate our history, government, traditions, and above all else, national and individual freedoms. I also want to show respect and support for those whose feelings about today are layered and complicated...those whose ancestors were not declared free and celebrating their independence on July 4, 1776. 

So today, as we celebrate this great nation's independence and freedom, I want to acknowledge that independence and freedom came later for many of our citizens...and that there is still work to be done.


A few 4th of July favorites from years past!


If you're planning on playing with fireworks tonight, please read the fireworks safety link below. I wrote this post for the Red Cross a few years ago, but the information still rings true. Be safe! Fireworks 411, So You Don't Need 911.


Last but not least, there'll be no HFFF post this week - see you next Tuesday!

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