Independence Day Street Party
Our street celebrates Independence Day with a big street party. All neighbors and their friends get out their easy ups and roll out grills. There is music, a rented water slide, a dunk tent, a mini-golf course, crafts for kids, and, of course, lots of food. There is also a traditional kid picture on the lawn of a person who takes a difficult job of organizing this community event. We love it so much that we make a point not to plan any travel for 4th of July weekend and spend Independence Day right here on the street. It's also pretty convenient not having to sit in holiday traffic and just enjoy our own community instead.
Independence Day Thoughts
It will be soon 25 years since I came to the United States. The country and its spirit changed a lot since, and not always for the best. I was lucky to put my foreign education to good use and to stay employed through two major crises that hit us since then, but many people are not so fortunate and struggle to provide for their families. The richest country on Earth has ridiculously little support for its most vulnerable citizens, and there are ongoing calls to reduce it even further. Our children are facing problems of racial inequality, poverty, and diminishing natural resources. I want to raise my daughter with desire to solve this problems and the will to endure difficult choices that will have to be made to make America into the country that would be a good place for all of us to live in. In the meantime, we will go out today, mingle with our neighbors, and enjoy Independence Day fun.