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Fireworks over the Washington Monument

July 4th, also known as Independence Day, is the one holiday everyone in America can celebrate. Put religion and modern politics to the wayside and enjoy some good ole’ American traditions, like backyard barbecues and fireworks (just be careful in California and don’t burn my house down). I put my flag out and I am proud and thankful to be American. Fred Wilson, a blogger I follow, wrote a post today that aligns perfectly with how I feel. I’ve quoted it below.

For many Americans, this one included, the last eight months have been hard. We are not showing the world the side of our country that we love and are proud of. We are showing the world the side of our country that embarrasses us.

But even with the recognition that America has an ugly side, I still am incredibly proud to be a citizen of this great country. Warts and all, the United States of America is a land of opportunity, hope, and freedom. You can be who you want to be and what you want to be here. I am proof of that.

So Happy Birthday America. Let’s wave our flags and be proud today.

So, if you’re in the United States of America right now, happy 4th!

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