Summer has official come out of hiding!

As we sit on the eve of July, an excited anxiety bubbles from within. Independence Day is upon us, friends! In just a few short days, we will be celebrating an event that was once considered a radical idea.

Let's throw it back a few years (or 241)..

When the Revolutionary War began to percolate, in the year 1775, and battles were initiated, only a few colonists had wanted to become independent from Great Britain. But, by the beginning of 1776, people began to jump on the bandwagon in favor of the separation. Especially after Thomas Paine had released his pamphlet "Common Sense". Have you ever taken the time to read the cleverly crafted words of Paine? If your not a history fan, its understandable; however, you have to know where you've been in order to know where you're going, right? This document was fundamental in shaping the ideas that formed our great country, and pushed toward a divide with England. 

"Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason... Europe, and not England, is the parent country of America. This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe. Hither they have fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still."

By July 4th, 1776, Continental Congress had formally adopted the Declaration of Independence.

As a country, we may be young in age, but there's no denying our strength. From those few short months of formation to present day, this corner of the world has consistently held true to the values established all of those years ago. There is a deep and profound appreciation for those businessman, our founding fathers, who crafted the Declaration and held true to their beliefs. And an equally great appreciation for the servicemen and women who continue to fight and keep our country safe, on a daily basis.

Take into consideration the history behind this holiday, and celebrate with pride!

Local Firework Displays:

  • Joplin: Located at the Joplin Athletic Complex on 3301 W. 1st Street. Tuesday, July 4th at 6:00PM (Fireworks begin at 9:45PM)
  • Seneca: Located at the Seneca R7 School Farm. Saturday, July 1st. Gates open at 4:30PM (Fireworks begin at dark)