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Opinion

July 6, 2014

A long tradition continues tonight

This beautiful Fourth of July weekend has been one to remember and will be capped tonight with patriotic songs at Black Squirrel Golf Course in Goshen and then end with the annual fireworks show. We think this is one of the best events of the year in the city.

Celebrate America is the not-for-profit organization that brings this wonderful event to life each year. Celebrate America was founded in 1989 to promote patriotism. Its goals include honoring the heritage of the United States; to honor those who have served to preserve the liberties guaranteed to Americans; to educate children about the nation’s heritage and freedoms; and of course, to sponsor the fireworks show.

THESE ARE ALL FINE GOALS and we hope our community members notice and add their support to Celebrate America.

The organization’s most public effort is the fireworks that will be enjoyed by up to 20,000 residents from Goshen and beyond. Each year this spectacle causes the large crowd gathered on the warm grass of the golf course to ooh and aah with each burst of color.

The tradition of aerial fireworks to celebrate the nation’s independence is as old as the United States. In 1777 the Second Continental Congress authorized a fireworks display on the first anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence to lift the spirits of Philadelphians as the Revolution was going badly at the time.

According to the National Archives, Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, wrote about its signing, “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

MR. JEFFERSON WAS SPOT ON and his recommendation and the tradition of the 1777 fireworks have continued to this day. Each Fourth of July the nighttime bursts of colors and loud reports of aerial bombs, blast out reminders that this nation was formed through a revolution, not only by the use of arms, but also by the application of new ideas and ideals.

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