July 3, 2009

Let’s Call it What it Is.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 6:09 pm

declaration-of-independenceAfter receiving many well wishes for a “Happy Fourth,” I got to wondering if “the Fourth” has just become a date; a date on the calendar that signifies a day off from work, fireworks, barbecues and general merriment. Don’t get me wrong, all of that is wonderful and it’s wonderfully American. I wouldn’t want to dampen any of that spirit.

I am, however, a tad concerned that some people, (particularly the younger peeps who have spent years in the public school system), may not keep in mind what the holiday is all about.

It marked a day when men from the thirteen fledgling colonies assembled and decided to risk their “lives … fortunes … and sacred honor” to break loose from the grip of England and declare independence. Indeed, it ended up costing many of them, their lives and fortunes, but they maintained their sacred honor.

For that reason, tomorrow and in future years I shall no longer wish people a “Happy Fourth,” but rather I shall wish them a “Happy Independence Day!”


  1. and a Happy Independence Day to you and yours, Jimbo!

    Comment by Jean — July 3, 2009 @ 6:53 pm


    Comment by Kevin — July 3, 2009 @ 7:07 pm

  3. I agree it makes much more sense, but I am far too lazy to type such a long word. 🙂

    Comment by LeeAnn — July 3, 2009 @ 10:09 pm

  4. That’s exactly what I told my crew today. That, and to celebrate the birth of a miracle. Of course, they looked at me like I had lost my mind, but I said it. And they will hear it every year they work for me……

    Comment by Tammi — July 3, 2009 @ 10:10 pm

  5. At the Independence Day celebration, put on by our American Legion post in Cambria, I will be reading the preamble to the Constitution as the 2nd Vice. The 1st Vice will read the When in the Course of Human Events part. We are making the Constitution an important part of our day in this sleepy town on the left coast.

    Comment by Brian "Proud Air Force Vet" — July 4, 2009 @ 1:53 am

  6. Jim, Happy Independence Day !!!! See you & Mrs Parkway this afternoon for our 29th Annual Independence Party.

    The Body Guard

    Comment by Ken — July 4, 2009 @ 4:19 am

  7. Happy Independence Day to you as well, Jimbo. This wonderful experiment known as the United States of America is an absolute gift from God and we all need to be ready to defend her in the coming years from enemies of both foreign and domestic types (funny how both enemies have Islamic names).

    Comment by Robbie Rob — July 4, 2009 @ 8:57 am

  8. From Brazil, I send you all a HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
    Out with this “Happy Fourth”, like “Season’s Greetings”.

    Good fireworks and barbecues for you all!!

    Comment by Maria Edi — July 4, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

  9. “…I shall wish them a “Happy Independence Day!” “

    And the reply from said young people shall be, “Yea, that’s a sick movie!”

    (cynical? who me?)

    Comment by Dan O — July 6, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

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