4th of July Memories

I asked my dad to say a few things about the Fourth of July. His memories and pictures make me thankful for the freedom we have...


The 4th of July has always been a special day for me. When I was a kid in the 50’s, neighborhood fireworks shows were something to behold! And growing up in Southern California, every kid had his own stash of M-80s and cherry bombs, and even rockets and lady fingers that were the frosting on the Independence Day cake! 4th of July Little League and American Legion baseball games were big too. Teams wore uniforms that proudly displayed the name of local businesses—Toggery Men’s Shop, Unruh Shoes, Microdot Electronics—instead of major league teams. We were proud of our home town. We were red-blooded American kids. 4th of July get togethers were a blast! After the main street parade, families would head to the city park or get together in their own backyards and share a pot luck meal, hand-churned ice cream, and throw their share of fire crackers before the fireworks block parties started when it began to get dark. Nowadays, I love watching my kids and grandkids enjoy each other and all the festivities. I’m proud that my family understands and is passionate about our freedoms and the sacrifices required to gain and maintain them. I hope you all have a great 4th. God bless you and God bless America.

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