Guest post by Patti Dib, Board Chair Chief of Staff
Summer is in full swing and Independence Day is just around the corner. It’s one of the most festive times to be with family and friends, celebrating our nation’s birthday as an independent country.
Freedom is the main thought that should cross one’s mind when they think of the Fourth of July. The freedom citizens have to pursue their dreams and happiness is what this country’s foundation is based on. Our Founding Fathers wanted to establish a nation free of tyranny, where all men are created equal.
Those rights and freedoms we have today have not existed since 1776, when our independence was declared from the United Kingdom.
People in our nation’s history have had to fight to expand their rights, and many are still fighting today to be treated as equals, to practice their beliefs without fear of persecution, or to express their love for another without being judged.
I feel proud to call myself an American and be a part of this great country. We need to honor those citizens who are willing to fight for the freedoms we are all allowed as people of this nation.
As The Star Spangled Banner talks about “the rocket’s red glare,” this holiday is also especially known for fireworks – a fun activity which has the potential to become dangerous when used at home. Please make sure to handle all types of these items with care, keeping a safe distance from active fireworks and monitoring children who are using sparklers and other types of hand-held fireworks. Make sure there is a bucket of water on hand to protect your property from fire damage. Also, bear in mind local and state mandates regarding fireworks, and contact your local city or township hall if you have any questions about such ordinances.
And don’t forget about your pets! Many dogs and cats dislike the noises that come from fireworks and become frightened easily. Make sure your pets feel safe and secure by keeping them indoors or on a leash while outside.
In addition to individual use, Macomb County residents have plenty of ways to enjoy larger public fireworks displays before and during Independence Day weekend.
The communities of New Baltimore, Mt. Clemens, St. Clair Shores, Shelby Township, Utica, and Centerline all have fireworks and other events during the weekend of June 24th.
Harrison Township will feature a fireworks display on July 1st and July 4th, as will Sterling Heights on July 3rd.
Of course, residents and visitors also will have the chance to visit a variety of food vendors, live entertainment, carnival midways, activities for kids, and more during each community-wide celebration.
I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable July 4th holiday!