President’s Letter – July 2021

A letter in a brown envelope

Happy 4th of July!

The Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  John Adams was the first person to start the fireworks celebrations, parades, bonfires and “illuminations from one end of this Continent to the other.”  Traditions we still enjoy today to celebrate our historic freedom from Britain.

As a first-generation American, the 4th of July was huge in my family, and we never missed a parade or fireworks!  My parents were both born in Scotland and came to America with their families as children.  Seeing the Statue of Liberty and setting foot on Ellis Island made the dream of coming to America a reality, moving everyone to tears. 

So, growing up we went to parades to celebrate July 4th.  Lots of parades.  If the timing was right, we’d go to two parades, barbecue and make the fireworks – it was a full day of celebrating. As a know-it-all teenager I asked my dad if I had to go to TWO parades.  His response:  “aye, go yee will lass, and with a grrrrrateful heart as a prrroud Amerrrican! 

So, go I did as often as it made my dad happy!

There are a lot of things happening right now that create uncertainty about the future, but July 4th is a day to remember that Americans persevered and fought for our freedom and there’s nothing more valuable or worth parades and firework celebrations than America and our freedom.  We’re not quitters and, like the brave patriots before us, we will persevere.

Nobody said America was perfect…’s just the greatest country in the history of the world!

Wishing you a fun, safe Happy Independence Day!

Janice Sutcliffe