- Read the Declaration of Independence
It’s a powerful document that is still relevant 239 years later. Everyone knows the line about all men being endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Did you know that the next line is: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” That was a pretty radical idea at the time.
- Shop Local
One of the many great things about this country is entrepreneurship. During this long weekend, do business with a local shop owner. You’ll be glad you did.
- Visit a park
This is a use of taxpayer money that I can support. It’s our duty to preserve our most beautiful, wide-open spaces for the next generation. In case you didn’t know it, national parks also include historically and culturally significant places, also, such as battle sites or birth places of famous men and women. If you’re not close to a national park, check out a state park.
Small businesses may be the engine of our economy. Farmers put food on the tables. Innovators are just now conceiving of the next great invention. All of these groups contribute to America's greatness, but volunteers keep our communities going strong every single day. Little league coaches teaching sportsmanship. Neighbors stocking shelves at the local food pantry. Concerned citizens cleaning up roadsides and waterways. People of all walks of life building houses for people in need. The amount of time, effort and love given freely by volunteers across the country is staggering. It’s hard to imagine life in America without volunteers.
- Remember Veterans
I know there are other holidays rightfully set aside to honor veterans, but how can we celebrate freedom without taking a moment to think about those who protect it.