Reasons to Be Grateful This Fourth of July
Even in the Midst of a Chaotic World
Even as the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be subsiding, it will still leave its mark this summer. It’s a shame that we’ve had to worry about our health and the health of those around us during a time when we should be relaxing at barbecues, perusing farmers markets, and watching fireworks displays on the Fourth of July. Yes, even on the Fourth of July, a day dedicated to celebrating the freedom of our great nation, we still won’t be completely free from worry. All of that aside, however, I really want to emphasize the need for all of us to still be grateful for what we have this Fourth of July. As trying as this season has been, I think everyone can still find things to celebrate on Independence Day. Every Fourth of July, I’m grateful for the brave men and women who have fought and who continue to fight for our country. That hasn’t changed this year. Of course, I’m always thankful for the time I get to spend with my family, the good food, and the chance to see some spectacular fireworks as well. And finally, I’m thankful for the freedom we get to enjoy every day in our great nation. It might seem strange to celebrate freedom during a time when we’re not particularly free. Over the past few months, we’ve had to listen to our national and state governments tell us what we can and cannot do in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
While that might be frustrating, I hope we can all appreciate what many people have done to protect our fellow Americans who are more vulnerable to the virus than others. Freedom never comes without sacrifice, and in sacrificing our ability to travel and eat wherever we please, with whomever we please, we’ve ensured that thousands, if not millions, of Americans can stay out of the hospital. At the time I’m writing this, where we’ll be in the reopening phases by July 4 is still uncertain. However, I am hopeful that our nation will be opened up enough to have some worthwhile Fourth of July celebrations with our family and friends. Even if that’s not the case, though, I’m still grateful that we live in a country where we can be with our families, express our opinions
freely, and come together as a nation when it really matters. These past few months, we’ve had to come together more than ever before, and I have to say, all things considered, I think we’ve done pretty well. So whatever your plans for the Fourth of July are, whether you’re spending it with friends and family watching fireworks or still staying home, I hope you can find reasons to be grateful, whatever your circumstances. And in the land of the free and the home of the
brave, we’re lucky that reasons to be grateful abound.
–Kevin Smith 1
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