On July 4, 1776, the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on the fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event. Massachusetts was the first to make Independence Day a holiday. On July 3, 1781, Massachusetts legislature called for an official state celebration to recognize “the anniversary of the independence of the United States of America,” making it the first state to recognize the 4th of July as an official holiday, and Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941.
This year, for the first time in a long time this beloved holiday will be vastly different than in years past. The Coronavirus has forced a new normal of social distancing and limiting group gatherings for the safety of us all.
This year the traditional parades, carnivals and events that we have become accustomed to attending will not be happening. The big neighborhood BBQs will look a lot different if they occur at all with everyone wearing masks and standing six feet apart. There will likely be more thought given to what it is that we are celebrating about our past and what needs to be done in order to celebrate our future.
The United States of America is a great country.
We have a tremendous number of things that we can be proud of as citizens of this great country and even with everything that is going on right now we should be proud to live in a democracy that allows us to grow and prosper as individuals and as a society. This 4th of July is a good opportunity for us to reflect on who we are as a country and to celebrate not only what this country has been but what it can be.
We will get through all of this together. We are Americans, a great nation of amazing people who have faced great challenges throughout our history and always overcome them. So, while the Pet Parade may not be happening and the fairground carnival may be closed, lets get together with our family, our loved ones and our friends and neighbors and talk about what we can do to help each other keep this country great and what we can do to make it an even better place for future generations of Americans.
From all of us at Centratel we want to wish everyone a happy 4th of July. Please stay safe and enjoy the celebration of our great nations birth.