The Real Reason 4 Celebration
—by Nathan on July 7, 2008—
July Fourth is a National Holiday in America, but it can mean multiple to people with different opinions:
- A day to get as much candy as possible and do whatever it takes to get it (Definitely the least important reason).
- A day to see parades with fabulous floats, eat meals with killer courses, and watch the sky light up with pretty pyrotechnics (Or "fancy fireworks" to those not in the know or meaning of the word).
- A day to celebrate our independence (Probably the most important reason).
Let's go over these views one at a time to see which one's the one we should celebrate:
- (A day to get as much candy as possible and do whatever it takes to get it): Candy...mmm. A very tasty treat. Kids grab these individually wrapped sweets thrown by floats, people, and vehicles during parades. Despite the danger of running into the middle of the street (This is the only time my parents actually allow to do it), kids do this every Fourth of July. It's kind of like a game. But games have rules. Two of them: Don't get defeated (Hit) by the bad guys (Cars, trucks...little kiddie wagons, e.t.c) and get a higher score (candy amount) than all the other kids (The other players). Note that phrase: "More than the other kids". Is this something we want to celebrate? Children trying to get more than others? That's greed. I don't think that should be our main reason for celebration. So, Number 1 isn't the answer. On to Number 2.
- (A day to see parades with fabulous floats, eat meals with killer courses, and watch the sky light up with pretty pyrotechnics): Hmm...sounds convincing. I love parades, food, AND fireworks, but should that be the ultimate reason why I enjoy this holiday? Yes!...NOT! Sure we have a great time watching people and floats going down the street. Sure it's fun to get fat on the feasts we eat. Suuuuuuuuure it's magical seeing rockets turning the sky red, blue, green, and purple. But that's not the true reason we celebrate July Fourth (Is it just me, or do you feel as though I'm repeating myself a lot?) So, Number 2 is X'd out. O.K... Number 3? You're up!
- (A day to celebrate our independence): A long time ago (Before your grandparents' GRANDPARENTS were born), 56 men signed a declaration that self-decalred our freedom from the British. Those who put down their signatures (Including John Adams and John Hancock among others) were made outlaws. They lost their jobs, homes, and even families. If they were caught, they could lose their lives as well. Yet they grabbed that pen, they wrote their names, they stood up against King George so that America would be free. And it has been, thanks to those men and one, true God who created and guided them. If that isn't the reason to celebrate the Fourth of July, then what good does a holiday do any of us?