My Perfect Fourth

Jul 12, 2017

To the Editor:

What did you do on the 4th of July? It probably depended on many personal factors such as whether you were on vacation, had family and friends visiting, your location, or perhaps how you feel about this particular national holiday. Here at the seashore it was time to go to the beach or take a boat ride, fire up the grill and watch the sky for the upcoming evening fireworks display. The great thing about the United States of America is that we are free to make our choices and decisions.

For me, a teacher who taught American history for 35 years, the 4th of July always has had special meaning in that it established our ideals and purposes and clearly stated what is important to the people of this new nation. The Declaration of Independence did just that.

In the beginning I raised the question, “What did you do on the 4th of July?” It is only right that I tell you what I did – just the highlights: put on my Beach Haven Bicentennial Park Association polo shirt, raised Ol’ Glory up the flagpole, turned on the TV and read the morning paper to catch up on the latest happenings. Then my wife turned the TV channel to #441 Music Choice – Sounds of the Seasons: Independence Day. Perfect. Now I had that patriotic feeling. The music played throughout the day. Come evening it was dinner with family and friends and gazing skyward to beautiful fireworks. Then it was over except for one more silent reading of the “Declaration” that started it all.

God bless America!

Charles Moffett

Beach Haven


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