Brooks & Crowley July 2017

Review Brooks & Crowley

July 2017

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A HOLIDAY WORTH CELEBRATING Have A Fun, Safe Independence Day

Every year, thousands of Americans celebrate the Fourth of July in style. From family gatherings and community barbecues to sporting events, Independence Day is, without a doubt, the most important secular holiday of the year. And it should be. It marks the beginning of a nation based on values that were not well-represented at that point in time. In a letter to his wife Abigail, John Adams wrote that July 4 “will be celebrated … as the great anniversary festival.” He believe that it should be commemorated “with pomp and parade, with

shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations” from one end of America to the other. Keep in mind that when he wrote that letter, America was in its infancy. Colonists barely had control

"From family gatherings and community barbecues to sporting events, Independence Day is, without a doubt, the most important secular holiday of the year. And it should be. It marks the beginning of a nation based on values that were not well-represented at that point in time."

celebrating, and this month, I know we’ll do just that.

Jason Pierre-Paul managed to salvage most of his hand, as well as his NFL career, but only barely — and only after receiving the best medical treatment money can buy. Many others in America won’t be so lucky this holiday. Please take care that you aren’t one of them. Later this month, I’m headed to Ireland for a wedding. Like many Americans, my family is originally from somewhere else. In my case, my parents came over from Ireland to chase the American dream that John Adams and other founders envisioned. You’ll hear all about the wedding in a future edition of the newsletter. For now, celebrate Independence Day safely. But please do celebrate it. It’s a holiday worth commemorating. – Neil Crowley

over the Eastern Seaboard, never mind the entire continent. But he was right that, in the future, the country would cover the continent. And he was also right about the ways Americans would celebrate Independence Day 240 years later. Like the other founders, Adams wasn’t a misty-eyed romantic. “I am well aware of the toil and blood,” he wrote, “that it will cost us … to support and defend these states.” But through that, he saw that “the end is more than worth all the means.” The end, of course, was a country of free citizens from all over the world whose rights were protected by a government they elected peacefully and democratically. That vision is still worth

Of course, as a personal injury attorney, I have to squeeze in a word of caution about celebrating with fireworks. Not only is it illegal for Massachusetts residents to use fireworks privately, but it can also be dangerous, as Jason Pierre-Paul, defensive end for the New York Giants, found out back in 2015. He lost one finger and most of another in a fireworks accident, and he wasn’t even being unsafe! The next day, a 9-year-old boy lost his own hand in Dorchester in a similar incident. Fireworks are inherently dangerous, and when something bad happens, it happens too quick to avoid. You are not likely to be prosecuted for possessing fireworks, but the injury risks are real.

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