We had Chinese firecrackers, cherry bombs, M80’s, all very dangerous. In the evening we had sky rockets , Roman candles, spin wheels, fountains and sparklers. I think most of those are illegal now in most communities and many towns have banned fireworks. It is probably a good thing because the ban has prevented many injuries from fireworks as well as a lot of building fires.
Today, many big cities and also small towns put on great professional fireworks displays. It’s not the same but you can even stay home and watch the programs on TV. Do both, go live and record the TV. It’s a bit much but New York City has shot off 22 tons of fireworks on July 4. The location of local programs can be found in your newspaper.
Freedom is always challenged by big government. It’s axiom is that big government can do things better for you than you can do those same things for yourself. The fact is, that with few exceptions, each and every thing that big government does for you takes away some freedom and lost freedoms will be difficult to recover. Think about that and use your power, your vote, wisely. Remember this, we have the unalienable rights God grants every person to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Have a safe, wonderful July 4th celebration. Remember, if you love your freedom thank a veteran.
William J. Kelly is a Weatherford resident and regular contributor to Viewpoints.