Take some time this weekend to stop and ask yourself, what does the Fourth of July really stand for? American flags will sway in the summer wind during the day, and colorful fireworks will paint the sky at night. In nearly every other country, the Fourth of July will be “just another day.” The Fourth of July, also known as “Independence Day,” is a federally recognized holiday unique to the United States. On the Fourth of July in 1776, the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, which declared the former 13 colonies separate and independent from Great Britain. The Revolutionary war was fought and won for this great day, essentially, the birthday of the United States.


My Fourth of July days were filled with poolside parties, beaches, and cookouts. At night, my friends and family would line up in lawn chairs to watch the local city’s yearly firework display. Occasionally, we would even take a camping trip up north to Wisconsin or Minnesota. Many of those Fourth of July Days, or weekends, were sunny and warm, perfect for solar panels. Years ago, solar panels weren’t often seen on buildings, let alone near campgrounds. Had solar been introduced to the camping community back in those days, I can guarantee that my tech-savvy father would have proudly owned one.


To describe what the Fourth of July really means to me would send me on an hour-long (rambling) speech about history, celebrations, and freedom. I would also bring up all of my fond memories of celebrating the birth of this great nation. In short, the United States of America is undoubtedly the land of the free and the home of the brave, a country built on hard work and sacrifice, freedom and hope. I am proud to be a part of this great nation, and my many memories of celebrating this day will remain with me for the rest of my life.

-Anonymous Employee



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