Brooks & Crowley July 2019

Review Brooks & Crowley

July 2019

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"The Massachusetts coastline just happens to be the perfect landscape for fireworks. My family spends the holiday down the Cape, and from our nearby beach, you can look across the water and see the fireworks display of Nantucket in the distance. You can look one way and see Harwich’s display and look the other way for Hyannis' and Yarmouth's. We can see about half-a-dozen fireworks displays going off at roughly the same time."

I think some of what makes our celebrations so special comes down to geography, the same geography that drew so many Founding Fathers to this area. New England is one of the only places in the country that has both beaches and brutal winters. Because of that combination, we love to spend summers by the ocean. The Massachusetts coastline just happens to be the perfect landscape for fireworks. My family spends the holiday down the Cape, and from our nearby beach, you can look across the water and see the fireworks display of Nantucket in the distance. You can look one way and see Harwich’s display and look the other way for Hyannis' and Yarmouth's. We can see about half- a-dozen fireworks displays going off at roughly the same time. It is quite a sight. I hope everyone reading this newsletter has a wonderful Fourth of July. Have fun, be safe, and remember how special it is to celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts. P.S. If you ever have a friend visit from Great Britain, maybe take them to Fenway Park instead of the Freedom Trail. After all, whether you’re from Boston or London, it’s easy to find a reason to hate the Yankees. –Neil Crowley

THE CRADLE OF LIBERTY Massachusetts and the 4th of July

All kidding aside, I think we’re fortunate to be able to celebrate the Fourth of July on the streets and beaches where our ancestors stood, battled, and discussed the future of what we now call the United States of America. It connects us to our history and makes us appreciate the reasons why we celebrate Independence Day. Adding to the festivities in my family is that my mother’s birthday is the Fourth of July. It wasn’t a big deal for her growing up in Ireland, but she sure loves that everyone makes a big deal out of her special day. And boy, do we celebrate it. I’d be willing to wager that no state in the country parties like we do on the Fourth. Everyone is grilling, playing cornhole, and spending time with their family and friends. As lawyers, we mostly hear the tragic stories, so we encourage everyone to pack along their common sense when celebrating. Fireworks are best left to the professionals, and Uber and Lyft have saved thousands of lives and a lot of heartache. Don’t be afraid to encourage these services to keep everyone safe. Okay, back to the fun stuff.

Where did the Battle of Bunker Hill actually take place? How many lanterns let Paul Revere know the British were attacking by sea? Which Boston building is known as “The Cradle of Liberty”? If you can answer these questions, I’m willing to bet you’re the product of the Massachusetts’ school system. Growing up in and around Boston, it’s easy to take for granted that we live in one of America’s most historically important regions. Massachusetts was the Pilgrims’ landing place, the home of John Adams and John Hancock, and a hugely important state in the battle for American independence. Not everyone is so lucky. My wife found out the hard way just how nearsighted members of the Commonwealth can be when it comes to all things Revolutionary War- related. Back in high school, one of her friends had someone visit from England. She and her friends wanted to show him around. What do you do when a tourist arrives in Boston? You take ‘em on the Freedom Trail; you take ‘em to see the site of the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party; etc. Without even realizing it, they were making their guest experience the history of his countrymen being both villains and losers. Talk about hospitality.

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