Editorial: Fourth a chance to celebrate our unity as Americans

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 03:31 PM.

The Fourth of July has come and gone, and we hate to think about it, but we are now on the backside of summer, slipping toward fall and cooler weather.

But we don’t want to think that far ahead. July 4 is a time of celebration in America, and we’re glad so many people came out to Havelock City Park to join in the fun.

There was music, entertainment and games to keep us occupied, but beyond that, Havelock’s Freedom Festival provided us the chance to share good times with friends and family members — some of whom may have been visiting from out of town. After all, July 4 is a traditional time for family reunions as well, and the long weekend provided plenty of time for people to travel and come together.

Of course, there were many others who celebrated in their own ways. It was a day at the beach for many or maybe a day on the boat for others who took the opportunity to enjoy all the great waterways Eastern North Carolina has to offer.

Others celebrated with backyard barbecues with friends and neighbors. Sometimes it’s hard to beat good burgers on the grill in the company of good friends.

The point is this: July 4 gave us an opportunity to enjoy the essence of being American. Sure, we have our differences, and sometimes those differences overshadow the common bonds we have. The Fourth of July celebrates those bonds and the unity we have, and those who 237 years ago had the forethought to believe that our unity, our freedom and our liberty was worth fighting for. 



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