The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. President’s Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day are great and all, but they don’t bring people together like the 4th does. All the inner pyros come out of the woodworks, the red lipstick gets dusted off and people stock up on cold beer, smores kits and bbq essentials. You’ll find people out on the lake, hanging around the cul-de-sak or at the park. All of those things are great and all, but I feel like the real significance behind the 4th gets lost in the commercialism.
How the 4th Directly Impacts Me
I love using the 4th of July as an excuse to spend time with family and friends. I forget how hard our forefathers fought for the freedom we so easily take for granted. We’re free as a country to make our own decisions, but how does that affect me? It means I have the ability to pursue a career of my choosing. Women can go to school and receive an education. We can wear the clothes we want to. I can be friends with people of different races, sexualities and religious beliefs. I can speak freely on different forms of social media, including on my blog! We can use the internet and other technologies without restriction from our government. It’s easy to forget that there are still people in the world without these freedoms. Even in our country.
The Significance of the 4th Today
We have definitely come a long ways since our official Independence Day. We were the frontrunners for change, equality and inclusiveness. In recent years, I feel like we’ve started to forget what made our country so wonderful in the first place. People should have the ability to be themselves without being persecuted. It’s awful looking at how people treat each other on social media for being different. There’s nothing wrong with someone having conservative views, liberal views, or opinions somewhere in the middle. We used to celebrate diversity, now we berate those who are too traditional, too outspoken, too loud, too calm, too different.
America is beautiful because it is composed of so many different types of people from all different walks of life. We are not all of the same origin, we’ve all migrated from different countries and cultures. We have found a way to come together while maintaining the values of our previous cultures. My greatest hope is that somehow we can regain the value in that. Respecting, admiring and learning from those that are different than us while maintaining our own identity.
4th of July Fashion
I do have a really cute outfit I’m excited to wear on the 4th, and the original intent of this post was for that. But focusing solely on fashion on a day that signifies so much more just didn’t feel right! The 4th of July is still a day to celebrate with the ones you love and have fun! But I think it’s also a great time to reflect on what values our country was founded on, and appreciate the freedoms we so easily take for granted.
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