Saturday, July 8, 2017

JULY 4TH CELEBRATIONS

All across America, people celebrated the Fourth of July last Tuesday. I was a little disappointed at the lack of hoopla here in our new home. I'm accustomed to a lot of activities on the Fouruth, but here, the fireworks display was on Saturday before the Fourth.

The county we lived in ten years ago, went all out -- hosting a festival, dance and other activities at the fairgrounds.along with a splendid steam engine parade. The island we just left enjoyed a golf cart parade with veterans showcased, as well as the Sunshine Craft Festival before fireworks that evening.

But this time, we had to settle for a simple reading of the Declaration of Independence. My Indivisible chapter hosted it. Maybe a hundred people showed up, with a local author giving a quick review of Georgia's three representatives. George Walton was only twenty-seven when he signed while Lyman Hall was fifty-three. Both men later served as governors of the state and had counties named for them. (During Hall's term, the legislation creating the University of Georgia was passed: it is the first university in the country chartered by a state government.) Button Gwinnett, alas, had failed at business and farming before getting into politics. He might have done well politicking except that he died about a year after signing the Declaration. Seems he got into an argument with another notable Georgian that led to a duel, and they shot each other. McIntosh survived his wound; Gwinnett did not.

After the brief history lesson, several members (along with their children and grandchildren) each read a sentence or two of the document. When it began describing King George's terrible actions, I couldn't help but think they sounded awfully familiar. A lot like what this President has been doing, as a matter of fact! I later heard that NPR's tweeting of the entire declaration outraged this President's supporters who thought NPR was maligning him.

Finally, three naturalized Americans gave short summaries on what being an American meant to them. I was reminded again that all of us, unless we are pure native Americans, were immigrants or are descended from immigrants.

The gathering lasted less than an hour and was held in the lovely yard of a local restaurant. As far as I know, it was the only acknowledgement of how America came to be.

Here are some photos, courtesy of my guy.

This is the crowd gathering:


Some people had to sit on the ledge:


Others had to sit on the pavers:


This is the beginning of the line of readers:


If I remember correctly, this was the last reader:


And I believe this is one of the naturalized Americans:


5 comments:

  1. There's something to be said for understated, and the reading of that document is a worthy idea.

    Apparently the more paranoid of 45's followers disagree.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kinda funny, that purportedly "patriotic" Americans thought the Declaration was written to revile this president!

      Delete
  2. Small but still nice day.
    Parades and celebrations take volunteers and money.
    Yes we are all immigrants but how we are immigrants is the question. Plus how we treat the First Nation People and the way we treat illegals are miles apart and horrific. Sadness all around.
    I think the Declaration of Independence should be taught in every school history class.
    Here in Tucson one of the schools voted to teach Mexican history instead of American history.

    cheers, parsnip

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mexican history is fine as an extra but our country's history is imperative!

      Delete
  3. I agree--our nation's history should be taught in all schools here. As for Mexican history, I would think that would be taught in the homes of Mexican immigrants. I guess this will sound bigoted, but why would non-Mexican children need to learn it?

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for commenting!