Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy 4th of July

Posted in fun, Liberty, Life, Pursuit of Happiness tagged , , , , , , , at 5:45 am by Elaine Petrowski

by LIz Noffsinger from

by LIz Noffsinger from

Here’s a link to a terrific little video with some gorgeous photos of our country. ( It opens with a shot of  the Arizona Memorial, in Pearl Harbor, near Honolulu, HI, which is as solemn, moving, eerie and haunting a place as you will ever visit. Just seeing the photo produces a lump in my throat.)

The background music is “America, The Beautiful”, which, if I had my way, would be our national anthem.

Though I’m not sure how it sits with Native Americans — when you read all the words, and not just the verses we sang in school — I’d much rather we’d be known around the world for “amber waves of grain, purple mountain’s majesty, fruited plains and brotherhood, (though just plain personhood would be nice to acknowledge. But that’s yet another post!)  then for “rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air.”

On the 4th, we’ll be waving at friends who are marching in the parade here in Ridgewood, NJ and then reconnecting with other dear old friends at the July 4 bash they’ve hosted for more than thirty years.

And, there’s no RAIN in the forecast. Perfect.

What are YOU doing for the 4th? (Leave a comment, below so I know someone’s out there.)

Enjoy the day.


  1. Phyllis said,

    Ramsey had a lovely fourth- live music, including Richie Havens, good food, craft booths, lots of open lawn for the blanket and knitting, and really nice fireworks.
    With no admission, how did the Ramsey Cultural Arts committee do it?

  2. Liz said,

    Here’s a version of America the Beautiful I collected (like Francis J. Child?) when I was a Girl Scout Leader. I think it should be an official verse – and memorized by everyone in the US!

    Oh, beautiful for working folk who forged the wealth we see
    In farm and mill, in home and school un-sung in history.
    America! America! may race, or sex, or creed
    No more divided, but side by side, all rise united, freed!

    I went to fireworks on the Hudson last night. And thought how gratified John
    Adams would have been, “….. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade with shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

  3. Pat said,

    Happy Fourth. I’ll feel more like celebrating this day when we’re not involved in any wars. Perhaps the “rockets red glare” words are more apropos.

  4. Laurie Staley said,

    The Fourth is always big for us. Last week I was in Washington DC and watched everyone getting ready. Now I am home and my son Bret is here with his family from Southern California. That means the family will gather. We will go to a lake to swim and picnic. Then we’ll watch the fireworks over the lake.
    The strawberries and cherries are on so I am picking and freezing every morning while the others sleep. Charlie got me a cherry stoner which makes pitting go quickly. In 2 hours we picked, pitted and froze 2 gallons tonight. Everyone needs a cherry stoner!
    I wish you all a fun, safe Fourth. Celebrate this wonderful nation in which we live. it is like no other.

  5. Chloe' said,

    Ciao! Happy Fourth! We don’t have big plans… we might see the parade in town. Enjoy your festa!

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