Independence Day?


fireworksWe celebrate July 4th in honor of the freedom of our nation. In 1776 on that date, the final wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved. We officially declared our independence from Great Britain. In 1870, the Fourth of July was deemed a national holiday. Fast forward to modern times, and the day is synonymous with Bar-B-Ques, parades and fireworks.

firearmsHowever, fireworks are illegal in the state of Massachusetts. Where’s the patriotism in that? The Declaration of Independence granted me the right to, “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” What if fireworks on the Fourth of July are part of my pursuit of happiness?

fireworks1Massachusetts was one of the original 13 states represented on the Declaration of Independence, and one of only four states to completely ban all use of consumer fireworks. Turns out the other 3 states to ban fireworks are all members of the original thirteen too. What’s up with that? Is it just me, or is that weird?

Although I’m thankful I didn’t have to put up with the constant week long day-and-night barrage of booms that some people put their neighbors through, a little fireworks on the fourth would have been nice.

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