Let freedom ring

Published 10:31 am Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, is a widely celebrated holiday trademarked by cookouts, fireworks and relaxing by the water.

While many will travel during the holiday to be with family and friends, there is an abundance of Independence Day events right in our own backyard.

Three of the most popular events that members of the Charlotte County community attend are located in Farmville, Meherrin and at Red Hill.

Many of these events feature food, games, music and a spectacular fireworks show when after twilight.

While lots of people come out in record numbers to these events, how many of us really embrace the holiday and understand the true meaning associated with the holiday?

As a child, my most vivid memories of the holiday include a never-ending supply of grilled hamburgers and lighting firecrackers to keep myself busy throughout the day.

However, the meaning of Independence Day has significantly changed for me over the years. It’s no longer just another holiday where I get to enjoy hanging out and eating grilled food.

It has become a symbol of pride.

On July 4, 1776, the United States, as an independent nation, was first celebrated.

To me, this significant event has shaped history and life as we know it.

When I hear the term Independence Day it often makes me ponder the meaning of Independence.

Merriam-Webster describes independence as being “the quality or state of being independent.”

Much in the same way teenagers wish to be independent from their parents after they reach a certain age, the 13 colonies wanted to be independent from England.

In the larger scope of things, being independent can allow for a level of growth that otherwise may not be achieved.

This holiday, let us celebrate and be thankful for our country, our own independence and the ability to reflect on these principles with family and friends.

Italia Gregory is community editor of The Gazette. Her email address is Italia.Gregory@TheCharlotteGazette.com.