How will you light up the sky on July 4th?
July 4th is a day on every calendar, but is everyone celebrating life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness with fireworks? America’s first birthday celebration was July 1777, during the Revolutionary War. They were fighting for the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Bombs bursting in air do not usually give the same delight as fireworks yet both are a celebration of independence. Both types of fire light have lit up the sky for years as people fight for freedoms.
Fireworks have been a common method of celebration across the world for centuries celebrating weddings, wealth, holidays, and patriotism. Fun fact: more than $300 million in fireworks are imported into the U.S. annually. Celebrating July 4 with fireworks and cookouts is a way of practicing happiness. It’s celebrating the finding and fighting for joy in everyday life. It’s about birthdays and dreams.
The preamble to the American constitution says “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The pursuit of happiness is not an endless journey but the practice of happiness. Don’t wait until July 4th to light some fireworks in celebration of your freedoms. Find joy in your everyday life. Help your kids understand their unalienable rights and remind your friends to practice happiness. Sprinkle joy like confetti and light up the sky with celebrations!
Happy Birthday, America!
Table Talk: How will your July 4th celebration look this year? What does it look like in your life to have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?