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From every mountainside, let freedom ring

Celebrating 244 years of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

July 03, 2020 by Kayla Houp

Over the years, the Fourth of July has become almost synonymous with celebrations like cookouts, parades, fireworks, store-wide sales, and more as millions of Americans rush to celebrate one of the most significant days in our nation’s history.

But, with all the celebratory parties and cookouts, it’s easy to forget just how significant the Fourth of July really is, and everything it represents for our country; the battles it’s won, and the battles it continues to face.

On Saturday, 244 years ago, the Declaration of Independence was ratified in the midst of the nation’s pursuit of freedom from what was, at the time, the most powerful nation in the world.

In the years since, we continue to remember all the ways this nation has been made great by its citizens, and all the freedoms that have been sought and won throughout the years. We remember the resilience in the face of adversity; we remember all those who came before and the battles they endured so that every person in this nation could live free.

And it’s these victories we celebrate every year for the Fourth of July as we endeavor to continue fighting for victories not yet won against injustices and adversaries of the very tenets of freedom we strive to uphold. 

With some towns canceling all their festivities and others scheduling fireworks, the Lakeland area might feel just a little bit quieter than usual this year as the country continues to adapt to life around COVID-19. 

Whether you celebrate with friends and family, or take the newfound quiet of the holiday to reflect on this nation’s history, the staff of The Lakeland Times would like to wish you a safe, happy, and memorable holiday.

Kayla Houp may be reached via email at [email protected]

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