By Ralphine Major

Flags, fireworks, and parades. Cookouts, concerts, and celebrations. These words are often reminders of America’s all-important summer holiday—the Fourth of July. In 2022, many holiday plans may depend on the financial impact of America’s economy. With escalating gasoline prices, some families may opt to stay closer to home for celebrating the holiday. Higher food prices may cause some Americans to choose different menu items, particularly for larger gatherings.
The most significant takeaway from the Fourth of July is not really those things mentioned above, although festive celebrations are fun and have become part of our culture. It is most important that we recognize and remember the independence of our country, all the freedoms that we enjoy every day, and those who have fought and those who continue to serve to keep us a free country. The United States Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights are also important words often thought about with the Fourth of July, as well as the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell. How blessed we are in America! May we always be free. Have a safe, meaningful, and Happy Fourth of July! God bless America!

Words of Faith: “He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” Psalm 37:6 (NIV).