Independence Day commemoration
Freedom, fireworks, barbecues, parades, summer entertainment and all that is red, white and blue – July 4th is one of the best days of the year. There is something about our whole nation coming together to celebrate our independence and being an American that makes me proud to be a citizen of this country. We are the greatest nation in the world, and the way we celebrate Independence Day is a perfect demonstration of our patriotism and the celebration of another year of American prosperity.
Celebrations looked a little different last year with many parades and parties canceled due to the pandemic, but Missouri’s Independence Day celebrations are making a comeback this year. St. Charles is once again hosting its Riverfest where you can find local groups, arts and crafts for kids, a patriotic parade, and a big fireworks display. For anyone looking to get a little exercise before indulging in the weekend barbecue, O’Fallon hosts its 37th Annual Firecracker Race on Sunday morning. Wentzville will host their Liberty Fest with a parade, swimming, skating on the rink and, of course, fireworks. In Jefferson City, you can attend Salute to America with carnival, parade, fireworks, live music. And since this is our state’s capital, Salute to America will also be a launch celebration for Missouri’s Bicentennial in August and is a milestone that I look forward to commemorating.
Independence Day is a holiday centered on freedom, and we would be remiss if we did not mention the reason we had this freedom: the men and women in uniform who protect our great nation. While many of us will be able to resume our usual July 4th festivities with our family and friends, there are troops observing the day abroad and families who will have to celebrate without them again. Please join me in keeping all Missouri servicemen and their families in your prayers on this Independence Day, and when you get the chance, thank a veteran for their service. Freedom is not free, and they know it better than anyone.
My love for this country is part of the reason I ran for Congress. It’s up to us to make this nation an even better place for our children and generations to come so that they continue to share the pride and patriotism we feel for America. This year, we see the resilience and American hard-working spirit that we are known around the world for as we bounce back, and I’m very proud of how far we’ve come. I know we will continue to get stronger and I am more proud than ever to be an American. On behalf of my family, I wish you and yours a safe and safe July 4th weekend!
U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., Shares his perspective on national issues every week, including those affecting Missouri. He represents the 3rd district of the state, which includes Callaway County. His local office can be reached at 573-635-7232.