Sunday, July 4, 2010

Big Dan's Big News July 4, 2010 - Fourth of July, Born In The USA, Living In America

Born In The USA, Living In America

Fourth of July - we went to see fireworks at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs last night, it's about 5 minutes from my house. They had some kind of technical difficulties and it started late. People were getting restless, because I believe it was supposed to start at around 9pm and it was already past 10pm. They were playing all sorts of "USA" songs for the 4th of July over these fantastic outdoor speakers. The speakers were so great, it really blew my mind. Any song with "USA" in it was playing. Because of the technical difficulties, I heard "Living In America" at least 3 times. They kept repeating that particular song while experiencing the difficulties. If I hear "Living In America" one more time, they wouldn't have to worry about Al Qaeda anymore...I was going to blow up the place!!! LOL!!! But anyway, "Living In America" is a great song and, seriously, I love it more than ever after hearing it coming from those speakers. So, after about an hour delay, the fireworks began. They were typical fireworks. Don't get me wrong, they were fantastic, but we love fireworks displays so much, we've seen them all and this was far. I say "so far", because they began to play "Born In The USA" by Bruce Springsteen right before the "grand finale". Let me tell you, hearing "Born In The USA" coming over those speakers as the grand finale was about to begin choked me up like you wouldn't believe. I have never really given that song much thought, but hearing Bruce Springsteen wailing over those speakers as the fireworks grand finale started brought tears to my eyes. "Born In The USA" is really an anti-war and anti-government song. The thought crossed my mind: did the person who chose to play "Born In The USA" realize this, or did the person not know it was an anti-war/anti-government song and just shallowly thought it was a popular song that had "USA" in the lyrics like all the rest of them?

Picture the greatest, mind blowing grand finale of fireworks you've ever seen, going off right above you in the dark sky, and "Born In The USA" blaring through your mind and body via the greatest, loudest sound system you've ever heard...and you'll get the picture why I got choked up for the first time hearing "Born In the USA". Anyway, have a great 4th of July, and for God's sake...don't blow your fingers off!!!!!! Especially if you don't have any "health insurance".......

Just kidding about saying above, that if I hear "Living In America" once more.....get your 4th of July GROOVE on with JAMES BROWN:

Happy 4th of July weekend, please remove your hats and stand for the Star Spangled Banner before we begin the fireworks:

The True Meaning of the 4th of July and Famous Celebratory Quotes

The 4th of July is an extremely patriotic holiday that can be celebrated in part with Fourth of July quotes. The fourth of July is a day that we celebrate the independence of our country, the United States of America. People celebrate with family and friend gatherings, barbecues, parties, games, food, fun, festivals, parades, musical events and fireworks, and even celebratory quotes which help tobut it is important not to forget the true meaning of the day.

Let us never forget the true meaning of the Fourth of July and what it means for our amazing country and the freedom we are afforded here in America, even if it is through Fourth of July quotes. So many take the freedom and liberty they are granted here in the United States of America for granted and forget the true meaning of the day. We may dress up in our nation's colors of red, white and blue, but do we know what the true meaning behind our flag is?

The Fourth of July is a time to commemorate America's declaration of separation from Great Britain that was made on July 4, 1776. Our freedom and our democracy that we have been blessed with is a direct product of the sheer determination from our forefathers who worked to establish the United States of America as a free country. Many of the Fourth of July quotes listed below will help share this.

One Fourth of July quotes, but also a serious quote as well is, "During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4."

In celebration of our independence it is nice to be able to share some inspiring quotes to help to remember and rekindle our patriotism. So, here are some Fourth of July quotes to share with those whom are important to you.

Written by KC Kelly, Ph.D.

“Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” – BenjaminFranklin

“The greatest lesson we can learn from the past is that freedom is at the core of every successful nation” – Anonymous

“Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people” – Abraham Lincoln

“Freedom is never given, it is won.” - Anon

“Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice.” - Anon

“It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.” - Anon

The Declaration of Independence

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