“IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
In 1777 Philadelphia observed the first anniversary with an impromptu celebration. On the second of July an idea took root to notice American Independence, and then on the third the idea was spoken aloud and word got around, quite a spontaneous anniversary. Not until 1815 did the holiday really gain importance and recognition. Since 1776 America has grown by 313.7 million people. Today, citizens celebrate with camping, cookouts, parades, flag waving, and fireworks. Last year Texas produced around 6.3 billion pounds of beef and Idaho planted about 345 million acres of potatoes, so, most likely, if you had hamburgers and potato salad that’s where it came from. So, listen to “America the Beautiful” and “Yankee Doodle,” but remember why.
As many places in Colorado cancel fireworks shows due to dry conditions and raging wildfires communities must find alternative ways to express their patriotism. Here are my suggestions:
– Hike your favorite trail, and show your kids why you love it.
– Float the river and keep an eye out for wildlife.
– Walk downtown and admire the local artwork.
– Fish with your friends, and if you’re unable to catch something stop at the supermarket and make up a tall tale.
– Ride your bike.
– Go for a swim.
– Sit under a tree and laugh with your family.
– Spend time with those you love and those who make you a better individual.
As always, if you’re missing essential things, like backpacks, camp chairs, tents, sleeping bags, proper clothing, stoves, or other outdoor equipment, Rocky Mountain Trail offers top gear from brands like Marmot, The North Face, Columbia, Big Agnes, Patagonia, prAna, Horny Toad, Jetboil, Deuter, Osprey, Mountain Hardwear, and more.
Here’s to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”