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Live July 4th Thread: Share Your Celebrations with FR!!!
July 4, 2002

Posted on 07/04/2002 5:34:58 PM PDT by Howlin

Share your 4th of July experiences and thoughts with the rest of us!


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 4thofjuly; celebrations; fireworks; independenceday
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1 posted on 07/04/2002 5:34:58 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
I went to the parade at our county seat and saw Gov. Rick Perry give his speech. The outpouring of patriotism was wonderful. God bless our wonderful country.
2 posted on 07/04/2002 5:37:00 PM PDT by TxBec
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To: TxBec
It's hot here, but we had a big turnout for the downtown Raleigh celebration.

Now I'm home, flipping between the D.C. show (horrible) and Boston (wonderful, as usual!)

3 posted on 07/04/2002 5:38:11 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Went ot the local parade this morning, theen to Milwaukee's lakefront for a 'little' thing called Summerfest. Had a couple of brews, listened to some great local music talent. In awhile we're going to our fireworks show. The heat has finally broken here, and I think I'll need a sweatshirt! Eat your heart out, Easterners!
4 posted on 07/04/2002 5:39:44 PM PDT by Trust but Verify
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To: Howlin
Went to work, still am in fact.
5 posted on 07/04/2002 5:42:29 PM PDT by dts32041
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To: Howlin
I'm watching Yankee Doodle Dandy, one of my favorite movies!
6 posted on 07/04/2002 5:42:31 PM PDT by The Chief
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To: Howlin
I wanted to share a letter from our local paper today:


Thursday, July 4, 2002 5:30AM EDT LETTER


A patriotic score

I have never considered myself to be a person who would write something of a patriotic nature, but I guess a lot has changed in the past year. The experience that prompted me to write occurred when a friend and my son accompanied me to a Carolina Cobras game at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in early June.

The National Anthem was announced and a little girl who appeared to be about 9 or 10 began to sing from midfield. She had a beautiful voice but began to falter a little and then came to a complete stop about midway through the anthem. There was no musical accompaniment, so the building, with an estimated 8,000 fans, became overwhelmingly silent for about 10 seconds.

I was fearing the worst -- boos, catcalls, etc. -- when the fans, apparently including those from whom I expected the negative response, began singing at the point where the young singer left off. The volume began to rise and the singer jumped back in and hit her stride. By the end, the arena went ballistic, players from both teams were shaking the little girl's hand and hugging her, and what could have been a traumatic experience was transformed into something unbelievable positive over the course of a few short minutes.

I wasn't sure what I was feeling the most at the time, pride for our country or a sense of thankfulness for the good nature exhibited by the fans toward this lovely and brave young lady. Whatever it was, it was an experience that will be treasured and always recalled whenever I join in the singing -- with renewed enthusiasm -- of the anthem.

XXXXXXXX

Garner




graphic stolen from lysander13135

7 posted on 07/04/2002 5:43:26 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: The Chief
What channel? My mom was looking for that today!
8 posted on 07/04/2002 5:43:56 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
I'm about to head out for the fireworks.. and my sons are harping that they want to go out and light their sparklers.. Have a great evening!!

9 posted on 07/04/2002 5:44:00 PM PDT by TxBec
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10 posted on 07/04/2002 5:45:34 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Paul Atreides
Bump!
11 posted on 07/04/2002 5:46:24 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Trust but Verify
I can't believe you went to Summerfest! I have stopped going there for the fourth since the crowds have been at least 300,000. (It's locally known as bummerfest)

We went to our local community parade, then tonight, the gang (teenagers and young college students) will climb on our roof to watch our local version of fireworks, followed by our traditional bon fire. This is the annual burning of our Christmas tree and all the other accumulated leaves, twigs, fallen branches, and other such items. It's a blast living in the country!
12 posted on 07/04/2002 5:47:30 PM PDT by WIMom
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To: Howlin
Enjoying FREEDOM

Watching fireworks later.
13 posted on 07/04/2002 5:50:06 PM PDT by Militiaman7
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To: Howlin
I just went to the grocery store here on the Jersey Shore about an hour ago. As I was walking in I heard the sound of a jet that sounded a bit low. It was a jet but not an average one.

It was an F-117A Stealth Fighter that banked around the store and headed back north towards NYC. He was probably tooling around getting some air time before a flyover up around the city.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

14 posted on 07/04/2002 5:51:10 PM PDT by LonePalm
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To: WIMom
What a great idea!
15 posted on 07/04/2002 5:51:36 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Militiaman7
Me, too! Ain't life grand?
16 posted on 07/04/2002 5:51:53 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: LonePalm
What a different world we live in!
17 posted on 07/04/2002 5:52:41 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: WIMom
Yes, we went at 1PM and left around 6 when it was getting really crowded. Normally we wouldn't have been there today, either, but the whole extended family is out of town so we were orphaned.

But, my Lord, didn't it get nice out today? We were so tired of being cooped up in the house. We could not have asked for a better day to celebrate our Independance!

Enjoy the fire!

18 posted on 07/04/2002 5:54:50 PM PDT by Trust but Verify
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To: Howlin
Happy Independence Day!

Today my wife and I took our new canoe out for a spin. Went bass fishing:

Caught him on a chartruese and white spinnerbait.

We paddled around. Drank beers. Ate a sub sandwich. Smoked cigars. Fun in the sun, with no radio, or tv, or anything.

Got back a little while ago. We've got the Giants-Dbacks on TV with the sound down, listening to some bluegrass tunes (Russ Barenberg, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer.) In a minute I'll throw some steak on the grill. Later on we'll go outside and shoot off some cheap fireworks.

This is a freaking GLORIOUS country. I can't possibly love it any more than I already do. I hope everyone is having a great time.

19 posted on 07/04/2002 5:55:54 PM PDT by Huck
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To: Howlin

For the translation of "Prayer for the United States" Click here

20 posted on 07/04/2002 5:56:06 PM PDT by Alouette
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To: Howlin
What channel is the Boston show on?
21 posted on 07/04/2002 5:56:23 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: Aquamarine
Discovery. And they will rerun it again after the live show is over, in case you want to watch the show in D.C. (boring...LOL).
22 posted on 07/04/2002 5:57:05 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Huck
Huck, one thing I am thankful for this year is that you are okay.
23 posted on 07/04/2002 5:58:16 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Alouette
Lovely. I'll paste it here, if you don't mind.

Prayer for the United States: He who gives victory to kings and dominion to princes, whose reign is a reign for all eternity, who freed David, his servant, from an evil sword, who opened a road through the sea and a path through mighty waters, may He bless, guard, protect, help, exalt, make great and raise on high: President George W. Bush of the United States of America May the King of all Kings in his mercy preserve him in life and guard him and deliver him from all distress, from all grief and trouble, may he lead nations to come to his feet; may he cause those who hate him to fall down before him, and grant him success wherever his efforts may turn. May the supreme King of Kings instill compassion in his heart and into the hearts of all his counselors and advisors so that he may deal kindly with us and with all of Israel. In his days and in ours may Judah be saved and Israel dwell securely, and may the Redeemer come to Zion, may this be His will, and let us say, Amen.

24 posted on 07/04/2002 5:59:40 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Checked out of our vacation hotel today.Home now and Sara and I will light up the skies(just a little) with some backyard fireworks to celebrate Independance Day and to remember how we got our freedom.

Its a loud, noisey business.The noise represents the guns, the lights of the fireworks the rockets, the fun is our victory.The neighbors are involved.We are all in this together!

25 posted on 07/04/2002 6:00:17 PM PDT by sarasmom
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To: Howlin
I think it's on Turner Movie Classics (TMC)
26 posted on 07/04/2002 6:01:08 PM PDT by The Chief
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To: Howlin
We're in D.C. and the right now theromometer is reading 95!!

This evening the White House is featuring a webcam on top of the White House to watch the fireworks on the mall.

We're going to hook the laptop up to the DVD projecter and watch it on the family room wall.

It will be like watching it with W and Laura!

We went out and watched the real thing Monday, and then again Tuesday night.

Started out the day by reading The Declaration of Independence to my son.

Well, off to the Mall.

Happy 4th everyone!! May it always be under God.
27 posted on 07/04/2002 6:04:38 PM PDT by lizma
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To: Howlin
I found "Pop Goes The Fourth" on the A&E channel. The conductor said they were fixing to play Stars and Stripes!
28 posted on 07/04/2002 6:07:36 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: Howlin
Cooked steaks on the grill, visited with family, enjoyed the patriotic graphics and messeges on Free Republic, watched "1776" and "Independence Day" on tv and the US Capitol Fourth of July Celebration (part of it) and soon leaving to see the local fireworks!

God Bless to all and stay safe!

And GOD Bless America!
29 posted on 07/04/2002 6:12:11 PM PDT by sneakers
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To: sneakers
What is that on Aretha's head????????????
30 posted on 07/04/2002 6:14:12 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Aquamarine
Whoops......you are right.......it IS A&E! DUH.
31 posted on 07/04/2002 6:14:47 PM PDT by Howlin
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Hi, Howlin, put my flag on my car, went to mass and then work today. Came home for lunch and my husband barbecued. Great idea!! you say-well the fresh veggies were burnt on one side so it was like eating wafers and the hot dogs were pretty dark and crispy and the hamburgers were just right.

We all laughed about the BBQ. Then we all went to see MIB with Will Smith and Tommy Jones. Could not go see Tom Cruise b/c of his negative comments and my husband vetoed Mr. Deeds.

Son went off to work at McDonalds. I fed my plants and now am FR. and my husband is mowing the pastures. During this whole day, I found time to pray to God for the safety of our country and to thank him for the freedom and for the beautiful country he allowed me to live in.

Hope you had a lovely day.
32 posted on 07/04/2002 6:18:07 PM PDT by olliemb
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We went to see the parade in Sudbury, Massachusetts. I was frankly appalled to see that a number of Demonrat politicians used the occasion to have brigades of their supporters march in the parade with banners supporting the various individual candidacies, and handing out balloons and candy, as if the point of this holiday was to celebrate our politicians.

Bad enough seeing banners for Marty Meehan, who was at the forefront of that recent attack on our liberties known as CFR. But even more outrageous was watching Democrat candidate for governor Steve Grossman's people marching and shouting "Go Steve!" as if the point of July 4 was simply to build his own name recognition.

Robert Reich's people were also out in force, as were Tom Birmingham's -- a man who, like the rest of them, favors taxing the good people of Massachusetts far more than King George ever dreamed. Mitt Romney, the RINO favored to win, at least had the class to be conspicuous by the absence of a campaign effort.

Some might say that having political candidates -- or their campaign people -- marching in an Independence Day parade is appropriate because it is a living celebration of our self-governing "democracy." But I do not agree. I think the self-serving campaign presence of these statist politicians makes a mockery of the ideals that led to the founding of this country.

Too bad we couldn't have met them with tar and feathers, which would have reminded people of the spirit that the Revolutionary generation had, and perhaps given the children in the crowd a better lessona bout what this holiday is supposed to stand for.

33 posted on 07/04/2002 6:18:12 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Maceman
I thought they didn't start until Labor Day. Yuck!
34 posted on 07/04/2002 6:20:18 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin; All
Happy 4th of July!


35 posted on 07/04/2002 6:21:26 PM PDT by terilyn
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To: olliemb
It sounds like you had a great day!!!
36 posted on 07/04/2002 6:22:28 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
It's a beautiful day and the grill chef has treated all us unfortunate souls who have to work today with a splendid feast.

Having to deal with colleagues in Brazil, Mexico, UK and Argentina who seem to miss the point that today is a holiday.

Go figure...

37 posted on 07/04/2002 6:22:54 PM PDT by PFKEY
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To: Huck
I was going to skip this thread but now I'm glad I didn't...

The only thing wrong with that picture is that you are holding the bass, not me...

Your wife must be the perfect outdoor companion (We paddled around. Drank beers. Ate a sub sandwich. Smoked cigars)

Happy Fourth to ya from across the pond...

38 posted on 07/04/2002 6:22:54 PM PDT by Iscool
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To: Howlin
So far, not much. I grilled some corn, followed with a few tenderloins & mesquite marinated chicken breasts--plus homemade baked beans & German potato salad, cole slaw & a bunch of other stuff. When we make some room, we'll eat the watermelon. A little later, we may go to downtown Green Bay & see the fireworks--or we'll just stay home & watch the fireworks from the backyard. It depends on how full we are and if we want to crawl through traffic.

The dog is under the bed, of course. This is not his favorite day. (Lhasas are not gun dogs.)

39 posted on 07/04/2002 6:23:25 PM PDT by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
Let us know how they are!
40 posted on 07/04/2002 6:24:59 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Catspaw
HELP! where else can i see the D.C show? I cant watch it on the white house web site. It doesnt want to work!
41 posted on 07/04/2002 6:25:49 PM PDT by Lemondropkid31
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To: lizma
Have a great time!
42 posted on 07/04/2002 6:25:50 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: lizma
We were in DC in 2000 for the 4th. It's a wonderful event. Every one should at some time in their lives. Unfortunately, tonight I am working. The building is tall enough and the land flat enough I can see at least 4 different towns fireworks displays. That is kind of nice, but I'd rather be in DC or on the lake. Happy 4th everyone!!
43 posted on 07/04/2002 6:26:10 PM PDT by freedom4ever
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To: Lemondropkid31
PBS!
44 posted on 07/04/2002 6:26:21 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin

Long May She Wave,
The Red,White, and Blue

Flag Flyin', Florida FReeper FRegards for a Wonderful Fourth of July!

Some of Florida's Finest FReepers!
(Gonzo's behind the camera!)

Love them Florida FReepers!


45 posted on 07/04/2002 6:26:35 PM PDT by Luke FReeman
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To: Huck
Do you know where we can see the New York fireworks??
46 posted on 07/04/2002 6:27:14 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: freedom4ever
oops! everyone should ATTEND at some time in their lives.
47 posted on 07/04/2002 6:27:19 PM PDT by freedom4ever
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To: Howlin
Thank you!!!!! much appreciated.
48 posted on 07/04/2002 6:27:35 PM PDT by Lemondropkid31
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To: Maceman
My mom was supposed to be in that parade, but she got dehydrated a few days ago and wasn't feeling well enough today to participate. It sounds like those Dems took away from the celebration.

Candi
49 posted on 07/04/2002 6:27:56 PM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname
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To: freedom4ever
I was just thinking I wish we had gone! We've been several times, and you just cannot beat it! I wonder what the crowds were like.
50 posted on 07/04/2002 6:28:35 PM PDT by Howlin
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