Fireworks. People love them or hate them. I love watching them on the 4th of July, but I hate listening to them being shot in my neighborhood late at night in the weeks before and after Independence Day when they’re prohibited.
I do not call the police to complain or blast my displeasure on social media, as many other people have done. Yes, I’m losing some sleep since I have to be at work by 7:00 a.m. during the week, but fireworks represent something important.
Shooting fireworks in July represents our freedom and pride in our independence. The United Sates of America has a lot of problems, especially now. However, watching gun powder explode in the air reminds us of the people who declared our independence and fought for our freedom.
We need to remember our history, our roots. We began as a bunch of colonies, which answered to other countries. We’re celebrating our independence from Great Britain, but a lot of people don’t realize there were other countries with colonies here in the New World. Spain, Russia, France, and the Netherlands all had colonies here.
We were settled by people from all over the world who came here searching for a better life. Together these people created our great nation. If my neighbors want to celebrate that a little bit outside permitted times, I’m not going to stop them.
I’m personally glad to have Roman Candles as opposed to actual mortar shells exploding in the air above my house. While we have a great deal of angry citizens, we are still free to be angry and make our voices heard. We will not have our homes bombed by our own government for speaking against those in power. Not everyone in the world can make that claim.
While the booms and flashes are irksome during sleeping hours, I try to remember the patriotic reason we celebrate with them in the first place. No, I won’t be stifling my neighbors’ joy in shooting their fireworks. In fact, I’ll be joining them this weekend.
Let’s try to get along with each other and respect our fellow humans. Remember, we’re all in this together.
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