SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Celebrating the Fourth

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 01:33 PM.

Yesterday we celebrated our nation's 237th birthday. On July 4, 1776 a group of brave men signed a document, The Declaration of Independence, which has forever changed the world.

There is something special about our mid-summer holiday. The Fourth of July undeniably belongs to the United States of America.

I love Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. Each is a special day to celebrate my faith and to take time to recognize the one who gives us every good and perfect gift. I also love Memorial Day, as we take a day to honor those brave men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice so we can be free.

However, my favorite holiday is the Fourth of July. Maybe it's because I was a member of the Bicentennial Class way back in 1976. But more than that, I just love the All-American celebration.

There's something special about burgers on the grill, a nice cold watermelon and time with family and friends.

The holiday evokes special memories of long ago summer days and evenings playing ball with my friends or enjoying a day at a crowded Pensacola Beach. And what would the holiday be without fireworks.

One of my favorite movie scenes of all times comes from the baseball classic, "The Sandlot." Those of you who know the movie as I do will quickly recall that the Fourth of July was the one chance the boys had to play night baseball as fireworks lit up the sky.

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