This coming Saturday — across our nation — towns and cities will set off fireworks to mark our Declaration of Independence.

July Fourth is both a sacred and a joyous holiday. It is both inspirational and thrilling to hear the boom, boom, boom and to see the colorful, sparkling lights that fill the sky. Parades and backyard barbecues help us complete the celebration that marks the time we declared our freedom from the tyrannical rule of King George, III.

Pat Nevada, whose opinions are her own, lives near Gettysburg.

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