Thursday is the 4th of July. It is always the focal point of the American summer. But, does there seem to be an air of dread surrounding the 4th of July this summer? It's not a black thing or a white thing. It's an American thing to party big on 4th of July.
The traditional fireworks display on the 4th of July is a highly anticipated summer social event. Families spread out their blankets, fill up their coolers, and settle in early on the grass at the park to get the best seat for the show. Music is playing, kids are tossing Frisbees, hot dogs are on the grill and everyone is excited, laughing, just waiting for the skies to darken so the fireworks can begin.
Across the nation, over the years, Americans have consistently gathered together to look up to the skies in delight and awe at the brilliant display of explosions on the 4th of July, that somehow symbolize freedom. The spectacular pop and crackle of pyrotechnics in gold, purple, red, white and blue colors are impressively presented to impress the crowds but it seems Americans are holding back,
What happens when the traditional display becomes a vicious attack? When an event that should be designed to thrill the crowd is actually designed to kill the crowd? Too often lately, what was supposed to be thrilling to watch turns into a terrifying tragedy of lost lives and senseless violence that no one can bear to see.
With the Boston Marathon bombings and the Mother’s Day mayhem in New Orleans, and countless other events that are probably coming to your own memory right now, how many Americans have changed their habits and now avoid large crowds on big holidays for fear of being bait for some demented perpetrator of evil?
Now, after each patriotic holiday, Memorial Day or Flag Day passes without incident, one can almost hear an audible collective sign of relief from the American public that we have dodged a bullet or a bomb and been spared through another American holiday. Americans seem to be looking over their shoulder more often and taking notice of unusual behavior much more these days.
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The celebration of American freedom will not be dampened by the lack of fireworks or the increase in terrorist attacks. Remembering that freedom is not free will make us all more grateful for everyday and especially Independence Day..