This Article is About
life liberty and the pursuit of happiness
liberty and the pursuit of happiness
warning labels
pursuit of happiness
younger generation
4th Of July Celebration
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

4th Of July Celebration

As we count down to our nations most symbolic holiday I often wonder if the general public remembers why this holiday was actually created. I mean yes the fireworks, cookouts, alcahol, music, and get togethers are great but do people actually know the history behind the 4th of July. I especially ask this question to the younger generation. I asked my 9 year old the same question the other day, " Do you know what the fourth is all about." He replied, " yeah Dad its to watch fireworks, everbody knows that." I just shook my head in disappointment.

Independence Day or The 4th of July is a Federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 declaring independence from The Kingdom of Great Britain. My favorite written sentence and well known line written in the Declaration is this, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." I encourage you to read the full version, only then will you realize the power behind the words written by our ancestors which might bring a new meaning and feeling to the cherished holiday we still celebrate today.

The Fourth is celebrated in many ways throughout the Country. Many people have cookouts, go to parades, concerts, and almost everywhere you go you can find a firework display. Some people purchase their own fireworks and put a display of their own on. Fireworks are legal in some states with restrictions. Some states only allow aerial displays which are more commonly known as fountains. Some allow just about everything. Yes fireworks can be addictive and fun to detonate, but its important to always read the warning labels. Hell, alot of reasons why fireworks are illegal in some states is because people misuse them which may cause harm to themselves or others.

When using fireworks they should be treated as an explosive. Never light them near gasoline or flammible products. Never fire them at anyone. Never hold them in your hand or near the face while lit. Do not eat or consume the inside of fireworks. Clear an area where detonation will take place. Have a hose or fire extinguisher ready and near by. Do not launch near trees or dry brush and leaves. Do not fire out of a moving vehicle. Do not fire at any structure. Do not allow children to play with fireworks. This all sounds like common sense, but many people make these mistakes each year and get injured. Taking a fire safety course could give you a better knowledge on how to handle an emergency if one should arrise.

What ever you decide to do this fourth of July remember where we came from, and educate your kids the same. Let's all have a safe and relaxing day with our families, practice firework safety, and please don't drink and drive.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
To Imitate Or Initiate - That is the Question
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." Martin Luther King Jr. We are living in hard times nowadays. There is civil and military unrest as well as economic strife throughout the world. We cannot trust that the intentions of our own government are…
By: shayna abrams in  Self Improvement  >  Leadership   Jan 17, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Does ‘life Liberty And the Pursuit Of Happiness’ Exist In the Reality Of the United States? The Harsh Reality Of the American Dream
The United Kingdom, the nation of great riches. The United States, the land of the free and of the American Dream. Really? I spent four long and tenuous months on a student exchange programme in the city of Greensboro in North Carolina, the heart of the Southern States of America.…
By: michelle18 in  Politics  >  World Politics   Jul 15, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Life, Liberty, And the Pursuit Of Happiness
The phrase Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness was first coined by the founding fathers of the United States. It arose from the dominance and persecution of the king of England at that time which prompted several men to get together and generate several ideas and documents that essentially…
By: Robert Burrows in  Health and Fitness  >  Mind Body Spirit   Aug 20, 2013  
0
  Likes: 1

Stop, Look, And Listen
How does a person determine what is Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness? Let’s be up front. The definition differs with each individual. Oh sure, you could look in a dictionary and find a universal meaning of the word, but as a people, this definition is a reflection of…
By: Robert Burrows in  Relationships  >  Communication   Sep 10, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Why Take God Out Of This Country?
Let's explore a few things here. First, what is the relationship between God, government and man. The Democracy Solution. Our Founding Fathers established the relationship quite clearly between God, man and government. The Declaration of Independence tells us there are three God-given rights and that these rights are ours because…
By: McK McConaha in  Politics   Jul 29, 2012  
19
  Likes: 6

An Historical Perspective on Human Rights
Most scholars consider the Magna Charta (Latin for “Great Charter”), signed in England in 1215, to be the forerunner of the legal guarantees which exist today. King John of England, under heavy pressure from rebellious nobles, granted all English freemen certain rights “to be had and holden by them and…
By: Nick McNaughton in  Reference and Education  >  Teaching   Jul 05, 2011  
0
  Likes: 5

Why Take God Out Of This Country?
Let's explore a few things here. First, what is the relationship between God, government and man. The Democracy Solution. Our Founding Fathers established the relationship quite clearly between God, man and government. The Declaration of Independence tells us there are three God-given rights and that these rights are ours because…
By: McK McConaha in  Politics   Jul 29, 2012  
19
  Likes: 6

Uv Light Projection Gets Makeover With High - Quality LED Lighting
A new generation of UV LED lights is not only changing the quality of UV light projection, it’s making it easier for designers and production houses to implement UV light into their projects. Elation Professional offers two new generation UV LED lighting products – the Antari UV Spot 670™ and…
By: Nisha Malhotra in  News and Society  >  Eco Innovations   Jun 07, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

The New York Times - Breaking News
“Jaws,” they say, invented the blockbuster. But damn if Muhammad Ali didn’t get there first. From 1971 to 1974, he starred in two of the greatest events in the history of American sports, fights with Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden and George Foreman in Kinshasa that had names that…
By: Rocky Rogers9 in  News and Society   Jun 05, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Community And Non Profit Logo Design - Endowment
An image portraying unity, strength and togetherness combined to convey a sense of security, growth, friendship and the nurturing of core human values. A designer’s biggest obstacle while creating a Community and Non Profit Logo Design would be exclusivity. The number of designs and images utilized for nonprofit organizations are…
By: Susan Mary in  News and Society   Jun 04, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Victoria Beckham, Naomi Watts And Satish Reddy Walked the Cannes Red Carpet
The Cannes Film Festival 2016 began with a bang where beautiful and talented people are convening to celebrate the string of movie debuts with glamorous red carpet walks and even more glamorous parties. Hundreds of celebs have walked those famed Cannes red carpet steps, here's a look at the celebs…
By: World News Network in  News and Society  >  Religion   May 30, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Construct Targeted Lists
One of the first and significant things you ought to do when you are beginning a business is to manufacture a rundown of imminent clients. Your contact rundown or lead rundown is the way to the life span of your business, and your email list building strategies will be a…
By: uaemaillist in  News and Society  >  Anthropology Sociology   May 29, 2016  
0
  Likes: 1

LED Lighting Market In India to Grow at 30% Till 2021
Rising government initiatives, increasing awareness among customers regarding lower power consumption of LED lighting products, and innovative product offerings to drive LED lighting sales through 2021. Being the second most populous country and fifth major electricity consumer, India has been witnessing widening electricity demand-supply gap. Consequently, usage of energy efficient…
By: Nisha Malhotra in  News and Society  >  International   May 28, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

“film In Georgia” Presented at Cannes Festival Exhibition
Georgia who is rugged with its beautiful mountain scenery and the spectacular Black Sea coastline along with historic capital, the city has a vast array of cinematically attractive locations to entice International filmmakers and It seems that movie producers from Bollywood and Hollywood started taking note, for the Caucasus country…
By: World News Network in  News and Society  >  Energy   May 23, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Make Your Film In UP Policy Showcased at Cannes
Uttar Pradesh is all set to mark in International market as after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's new film policy "Make your film in UP" which has drawn many film producers to the state. And now after creating buzz and waves in Bollywood, Uttar Pradesh's film policy emerging a new destination…
By: World News Network in  News and Society  >  International   May 23, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1396    Report this Article