On July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted and signed by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire. Each year on the 4th of July, commonly known as “Independence Day,” Americans celebrate this momentous event in a variety of ways. We asked our team members what they remember and love about the 4th of July, or as it is called for its historic significance, Independence Day.
Kacey Rask: For me, the Fourth of July is a day to celebrate our Country’s independence! It’s a time to focus on “family,” coming together as one and sharing precious happy moments, while enjoying hot dogs on the BBQ, popsicles, fireworks, and friends. Happy Fourth of July to you and yours!
Randy Nicola: From the time I was a kid, Independence Day always brought a smile to my face, and these are the reasons why it did then and continues to do so now:
- Growing up in North Dakota, by the time the 4th of July came around it meant no more snow.
- Having dad take me to the fireworks stand with my allowance for mowing yards and convincing him to match my fireworks allocation, which he always did.
- Taking our model airplane and cars that I’d glued together in the winter months and blowing them up with the fireworks on the 4th.
- Going to the parade and having people on the floats throw candy at the crowd. I love candy, but having a father who was a dentist, well, a lot of it got hidden in my secret stash.
- Picnics/barbecues with family and friends.
- Attending craft/street fairs and eating stuff you should only eat once a year, if that.
- Ending the evening watching city-wide fireworks, with the woman sitting next to me.
Leslie Herr: For me, the Fourth of July has always meant spending time with family, enjoying the sunshine, parades and fireworks.
Jane Ehlis: My 4th of July always starts with going to the All Class Reunion the night before and seeing friends from 40 or more years ago. Then we get up early on the 4th to get down to the parade and try to find a parking spot. I’ve never watched so many farm implements in my life, but I always have to be there. After the parade, we have people up in the backyard for a burger or hot dog on the grill, some potato salad and fresh fruit. It’s a great day to connect with special people in our lives!
Kaitlyn Stangeland: I share my birthday month with The United States! So I always celebrate the 4th of July as my birthday and our Independence Day! Every year, it’s our tradition to get our entire family together and go camping. We always eat way too much food, enjoy a large fireworks show, and make some wonderful memories.
Brittany Winder: The 4th of July is one of my favorite times of the year because I get to spend it with my family and friends. In a community that does not have many other activities, the 4th of July brings so many fun things to do. The days leading up to the 4th are Mandan Rodeo Days. You can go to a carnival, a street dance, a rodeo and many more events. They also have Art in the Park, a huge craft and vendor show with some great food and music. Since I can remember, my family has gone to the Mandan Independence Day Parade and always sits in the same spot. After the parade, we all head over to my aunt’s house for an afternoon of food and fun. In the evening we all light off fireworks together. Although my cousins are no longer kids and have families of their own, we still have a fun time together. The 4th of July is a day I look forward to every year.
Kim Johnson: The fourth of July is a day spent with family and friends and celebrating America and our Independence. It’s one of my favorite days of the year. As a family we enjoy the parade, fireworks, and grilling. From my family to you and yours, have a happy and safe 4th of July!!
Marti Lythgoe: I have attended many 4th of July celebrations in Boston, including the Bicentennial in 1976. Because of their close proximity to family, I’ve also celebrated Independence Day once in Philadelphia and several times in Washington D.C., where one year we watched the fireworks from the steps of the Lincoln monument and one year from the roof of the Kennedy Center. My three favorite parts of July 4th are Family, Fireworks and remembering the freedom our Founding Fathers gave us.
Jeff Zuck: No matter how you celebrate the 4th of July and Independence Day, the National List Family wishes you all the blessings of being a U.S. Citizen and a fun, safe and spectacular 4th of July Holiday!