1 07, 2020

Boys and Flags

By |2020-07-01T09:16:22-05:00July 1st, 2020|Holidays|0 Comments

Happy 4th of July!

This year’s 4th of July must look a lot different in order to abide by public health orders and keep us all healthy. But even COVID-19 shouldn’t stop a run around the backyard with an American flag.


If you viewed the blog early on Monday, you saw a white space where there should have been a picture taken by my photographer daughter of two boys (her sons, my grandsons) running with flags.

WordPress decided that photo was a security risk and deleted it.This is a stock photo from DepositPhotos.com Same idea. Not a security threat.

Strange because I’ve been using that picture for years around the patriotic holidays, but then it is 2020 and so much that used to be isn’t.

You can still grab a flag and run through your yard with an American flag and grill a nice, juicy burger to celebrate America’s birthday. Let’s hope.

3 07, 2019

Happy 243rd Birthday, America!

By |2019-07-02T09:30:04-05:00July 3rd, 2019|Holidays, Wednesday Words|1 Comment

About the graphic:

This is one of my favorite family photos of my two grandsons, John (with the flag) and Michael (leading the way). It also happens to be one of my very talented photographer daughter’s bestselling photos.

I think that’s because it represents the freedom born with our great country on the 4th of July. Like the two young boys running freely down the park path, this country’s constitution grants to each and every one freedom not experienced anywhere else in the world. If you live in America, you can choose which paths you want to run or walk.

Be safe and enjoy your celebrations tomorrow, and as you celebrate, don’t forget to say a thanks for the brave men and women in uniform who are serving all of us here and on foreign soil so that we can continue to make choices.

Happy 243rd Birthday, America!

2 07, 2018

Ten Fun Facts and Trivia for the 4th of July

By |2018-06-27T16:41:54-05:00July 2nd, 2018|Holidays|1 Comment

The American Revolution began with the first shots fired at Lexington and Concord in 1775. One year later, the Declaration of Independence was signed.

This week Americans will take time to celebrate the birth of our nation, remember those who fought for our freedom, and honor those who actively guard our freedoms today. Celebrations will vary across the country, but parades, fireworks, and outdoor fun are sure to be found.

Here are some fun facts and trivia to share at your backyard celebration.

  1. The first White House Fourth of July party was held in 1804.
  2. Fifty-six people signed the Declaration of Independence although most didn’t formally sign until August 2, 1776.
  3. John Hancock was the only member of the Continental Congress who formally signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
  4. In 1776, the population of the country was 2.5 million people. Now, 242 years later, our population is 326+ million people.
  5. Congress didn’t make the Fourth of July and official federal holiday until 1870.
  6. In 1938 the Fourth became a paid legal holiday for employees of the federal government.
  7. Three United States presidents have died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.
  8. Yankee Doodle, the celebrated patriotic song, was written by British army officers to make fun of backwoods Americans.
  9. Around 155 million hot dogs are consumed on the Fourth of July. That’s enough hot dogs to make a line from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles more than five times according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.
  10. Americans spent more than $800 million on fireworks in 2016.

On that note, I’d like to remind you that many PTSD veterans and pets will be cringing with every blast of those fireworks set off in your driveway. You might want to save money and watch fireworks display on the television instead.

5 07, 2017

Patriotic Words – Thomas Paine

By |2017-06-11T16:40:09-05:00July 5th, 2017|Wednesday Words of Wisdom|1 Comment

The American Crisis is collection of articles written by Thomas Paine during the American Revolutionary War. His essays provided ongoing support for an independent and self-governing America through the many severe crises of the Revolutionary War.

General Washington found Paine’s first essay The Crisis, written on December 23, 1776,  so inspiring, he ordered that it be read to the troops at Valley Forge.

This quote is the opening line.

3 07, 2017

Happy 4th of July – 2017

By |2020-06-29T10:42:04-05:00July 3rd, 2017|Holidays|1 Comment

This is one of my favorite family photos by my very talented photographer daughter. The two boys are her sons, John (with the flag) and Michael (leading the way).

You may have seen the photo on a highway billboard or in an airport or in a store ad. It’s one of her best-selling photos. I believe the photo sells well because it represents the freedom born with our great country on the 4th of July.

Like the two young boys running freely down the park path, our constitution grants to each of us freedoms not experienced anywhere else in the world.

We get to choose our path, we can run or we can walk.

It’s our choice.

4 07, 2016

Celebrating Independence

By |2016-06-30T11:12:48-05:00July 4th, 2016|Holidays|0 Comments

I hope everyone is busy enjoying a celebration of our nation’s birthday.

Technically, independence was declared on July 2 and the Declaration of Independence wasn’t signed until July 19.

But who cares? Today is the day we traditionally celebrate our freedom.

What a country – baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet.

Now that I have that peppy jingle embedded in your head enjoy your day whatever way you celebrate. At the same time, let’s keep Ronald Reagan’s words in mind.

Ronald Reagan Quote-4thHappy 4th to all!

And an extra special thank you to all the brave men and women who help maintain our freedom everyday.

4 07, 2014

It’s America’s Happy Birthday!

By |2014-07-04T06:00:43-05:00July 4th, 2014|Holidays|0 Comments

Though it’s not a typical patriotic commercial, this old Chevy commercial is a great depiction of what America means.

A federal holiday in the United States since 1941, July 4th is celebrated with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

Did you know the first fireworks were approved on July 4, 1777?

Here in our little corner of the Rio Grande Forest, we’ll be sitting on the porch watching our local fireworks display. While it can’t compete with the Macy’s show—the largest fireworks display in the country—we’ll enjoy every second.

Watch this video of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show 2013 NYC – from Hoboken NJ and you’ll see why most fireworks displays don’t compare.

From all the View from the Front Porch guest bloggers and me

Happy Birthday U.S.A.

Be safe and enjoy your birthday celebrations today…

and as you celebrate, don’t forget to give thanks for the brave men and women in uniform who are serving all of us here and on foreign soil. Pray for their safety as they do their jobs.

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