Happy 4th of July

Ken Shepherd's mailbox finial for the 4th of July: uncle sam's hat

Ken Shepherd’s tribute to the 4th of July

July 4th: a day to celebrate with friends and family and reflect on the liberties of life in these united states. Americans have been celebrating the 4th of July since 1777 as a sort of birthday party for our country’s declaration of independence from England in 1776. Parades that bring the community together and fireworks displays have been a part of the celebration from the beginning. My favorite part of the day: the closing sprays of fire-powered color and light against the nighttime sky — inspiring awe, and symbolizing hope and idealism.

Although Westport does not have its own fireworks display to close this celebratory day (with the exception of a small display near Long Cove this year) fireworks can be viewed in any direction: from the bridge, from the north end boatyard, from East Shore Road….

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Many ways to say good night

Fireworks at a pier on the Fourth of July
spell it with red wheels and yellow spokes.
They fizz in the air, touch the water and quit.
Rockets make a trajectory of gold-and-blue
and then go out.

from Good Night by Carl Sandburg

Posted on July 4, 2012, in Celebrations. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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