There is nothing that says Independence to me than the fireworks display on the 4th of July each year. As I have gotten older, it has become more meaningful to me this event, than in my youth. Yesterday it was the 4th of July, and there were a lot of local kids setting off fireworks in the park across the street from my house.
I thought to myself, do these young people today really understand the meaning of the event? Do they understand what was at stake when those men gathered in Philaelphia and declared Independence from England so many years ago in 1776? Do they even know that if the effort had failed, that all those involved would have been executed as traitors to the crown? Or are they taught anymore about the Revolutionary War, and all that transpired up to the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown?
Or is it all about blowing up some fireworks, BBQ’s and drinking? It is just another excuse for a holiday weekend? I sometimes wonder about these things. However, I have been a student of history, and particularly have read biographies about the lives of Washington, Jefferson and many of the other founding fathers. I enjoy learning about what can be gleened from their lives and experiences, as today it seems so many times we see our government heading in a direction away from their ideals.
Regardless of all that, however, I think everyone can agree that a fireworks display, no matter the occasion is spectacular and people never seem to tire of seeing them, generation to generation. I was just talking to my wife this morning about this over morning coffee, and she was telling me about the magic quality of fireworks displays. I would have to agree with her on that, as I cannot recall a time when I saw low attendance at a 4th of July fireworks event.
Here is a video I compiled of part of the fireworks display that happened on Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 here in Battle Creek, Michigan at the W.K. Kellogg Airfield as part of the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival. Fireworks are still a reminder of the freedom our country was built upon. May it always remind us of those that made that possible.