July 2023 American Life: Independence Day/The fourth of July. Then and now.
Thank you for stopping by our blog again this month. I have to apologize for not being able to get this edition of American Life out earlier in the month. July is a special month for Americans as it is the month when we celebrate the nation’s independence from England. Philadelphia is especially festive because much of the nation's history as it pertains to independence took place in and around the Philadelphia area. Independence day is the fourth of July. So we are about two weeks after the fact but I thought I would share just a few things about growing up in the area and how the celebrations have changed.
Growing up in the 1980s in the suburbs of Philadelphia, the Fourth of July was always a big deal. It was a time for family, friends, and community to come together and celebrate our country's independence.
One of my favorite memories of the Fourth of July was going to the local park with my family. We would pack a picnic lunch and spend the day playing games, swimming, and watching the fireworks. The park was always packed with people, and there was a great sense of camaraderie in the air.
Another fond memory is of going to see the Philadelphia Phillies play on the Fourth of July. The Phillies always had a big celebration, with fireworks and a special game. It was always a lot of fun to see the game and then watch the fireworks afterwards.
In recent years, I've noticed that the Fourth of July celebrations have changed a bit. There are still big community events, but there are also more people who choose to celebrate at home with their families. I think this is partly due to the fact that it's become more expensive to go to big events.
I also think that people are more spread out these days, so it's not as easy to get together with friends and family on the Fourth of July. However, I still think it's a great holiday to celebrate with loved ones, and I'm grateful for the memories I have of Fourth of July celebrations from my childhood.
There are many ways the holiday and celebrations have changed over the years but I notice it mostly in the areas of cost, location and technology. Here are some of the ways that Fourth of July celebrations have changed over the years:
Cost: Fourth of July celebrations have become more expensive, due to the rising cost of fireworks, food, and other activities.
Location: More people are choosing to celebrate the Fourth of July at home with their families, rather than attending large community events.
Technology: The advent of social media has made it easier for people to stay connected with friends and family on the Fourth of July, even if they are not able to celebrate together in person.
Despite the changes, the Fourth of July remains a popular holiday for Americans of all ages. It is a time to celebrate our country's independence and to enjoy time with family and friends. The fourth of July barbeques are the best.