The Fourth of July

By Jeremy Meltingtallow

This is the time of year when Americans celebrate the many qualities that make our country great.  It started with the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  The laws of the land were laid out in the U.S. Constitution, which went into effect in 1789.  We have faced many challenges over the years but remain strong and committed to our ideals.

The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor has welcomed immigrants to our shores since 1886.  The mixture of cultures is what makes America unique.  There is no other country in the world that has our diversity in arts, music, literature, architecture, entertainment, language, religion, sports, food, education and every other manifestation and expression of the human spirit.

In this Hi and Lois Sunday page from 1995, Thirsty Thurston makes a toast to the culinary contributions of our many different ethnic groups.  As a man with a hearty appetite, he appreciates the smorgasbord laid out on his picnic blanket.  This is what makes America great for the Flagston’s next-door-neighbor.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, July 2, 1995. Hi and Lois Sunday page, July 2, 1995.

For many, the Fourth of July is the best holiday of the year.  It’s a weekend of barbecues, family reunions, neighborhood parties and the obligatory trek to the local town park to see the fireworks.

Here is a Sunday page from 2009 in which Hi explains why Independence Day is his favorite holiday.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, July 5, 2009. Hi and Lois Sunday page, July 5, 2009.

The Fourth of July is primarily about getting out and having a good time with family and friends.  There’s no pressure to go shopping and exchange gifts.  I’m sure many of our readers feel the same way that Hi does.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

– Brian Walker